Freedom of expression

Vietnam’s Prisoners of Conscience: ‘Like Fish Under the Blade’

Leading partners including the United States and European Union can and should do more to discourage Vietnam’s fierce crackdown on dissent.   By Judith Bergman from the Diplomat   “We are like fish under the blade, always ready to be arrested,” Vietnamese journalist and dissident Pham Chi Dung said in 2015. “Up until 2012, if you …

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Press briefing notes on Viet Nam

By OHCHR   Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 8 January 2021   On Tuesday, 5 January, three independent journalists in Viet Nam received severe sentences of between 11 and 15 years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of national security offences – a disturbing development that appears to …

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As National Congress Approaches, Vietnam Begins Trial of Dissident Journalists

Jitters are setting in as the Vietnamese Communist Party prepares for the country’s paramount political event.   By Sebastian Strangio of the Diplomat   In the year leading up to the Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP)’s quinquennial national congresses, it has long been common for the government to tighten up on dissidents as it seeks to forestall …

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Viet Nam: Tech giants complicit in industrial-scale repression

by Amnesty International   Facebook engaging in country-wide censorship of content Viet Nam imprisoning a record number of prisoners of conscience – with 40% behind bars for their social media use State-sponsored harassment rampant on Facebook and YouTube   Tech giants Facebook and YouTube are allowing themselves to become tools of the Vietnamese authorities’ censorship …

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Viet Nam: Let Us Breathe! Censorship And Criminalization Of Online Expression In Viet Nam

By Amnesty International   In recent years, the Vietnamese authorities have mounted a major crackdown against those who express critical views online. This report reveals how social media users in Viet Nam face the constant threat of arbitrary arrest, prosecution and other forms of harassment in retaliation for exercising their right to freedom of expression online. …

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Vietnam detains activist hours after human rights meeting with U.S.

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has arrested a prominent blogger and dissident for “anti-state activities” hours after its government held annual talks on human rights with the United States, which said it was concerned about freedom of expression. Pham Doan Trang, a writer who has published widely on human rights and alleged police brutality, was arrested …

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Viet Nam: Human rights champion arrested, at grave risk of torture

Responding to the arrest of Pham Doan Trang, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, Ming Yu Hah, said: “The arrest of Pham Doan Trang is reprehensible. She is a leading figure in the struggle for human rights in Viet Nam. She has inspired countless young activists to speak up for a more just, inclusive, …

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Vietnam: Crackdown on Peaceful Dissent Intensifies

Human Rights Watch New Wave of Arrests Ahead of the 13th Party Congress Click to expand Image Top row: Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy, Le Huu Minh Tuan. Bottom row: Pham Chi Thanh, Tran Duc Thach, Dinh Thi Thu Thuy. © Private (New York) – The Vietnamese government is intensifying a crackdown on human rights activists and dissidents …

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