On December 22, 2016 the Parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the Vietnamese Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh.  VETO! welcomes this initiative and believes that it will help protecting the alienable rights of the imprisoned blogger. VETO! also greatly appreciates the adoption of Mrs. Nhu Quynh into the Program “Parliamentarians protect Parliamentarians” of the German Bundestag.  In the frame of this program parliamentarians of the German Bundestag stand up and support vulnerable parliamentarians in danger, politicians and human rights defenders in other countries. VETO! would take the opportunity to thank MP Frank Schwabe, Spokesman for Human... Read more »
NGUYEN Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a human rights defender known as Blogger Mother Mushroom, was arrested on October 10, 2016 in Nha Trang City, Vietnam, under the charge of “spreading propaganda against the State”. Subsequently the police searched her home and confiscated her computer, I-pad, mobile phone, hard disks, USB sticks, photo camera, film camera, sound recorder and several documents. According to the authority she is being held in the Detention Camp of the Public Security of Khánh Hòa Province. She is held incommunicado, i.e. has no access to a lawyer and family visits. A Catholic she is not allowed to receive a Bible. If convicted, she can face up to... Read more »
Call of Mrs Marie-Luise Dött, Member of the German Bundestag September 19, 2016 A human rights defender needs your support The Vietnamese human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai has been detained in Hanoi, Viet Nam, since 16 December 2015. He stands accused of “propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam”. If convicted, he faces between three and 20 years in prison. Dai has been detained incommunicado since his arrest. I have agreed to act as the parliamentary sponsor for Nguyen Van Dai and am working closely with the human rights organisation “VETO! Human Rights Defenders’ Network” to press for his release. I met Nguyen Van Dai while visiting Viet Nam... Read more »
VETO! Human Rights Defenders‘ Network: On March 18, 2016, MP Martin Patzelt, member of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of German parliament (Bundestag), issued the below press release announcing his trip to Vietnam to observe the trial of Mr. Nguyen Huu Vinh (Blogger Anhbasam) and Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy. MP Patzelt has repeatedly met Ms. Le Thi Minh Ha, Vinh´s wife, who advocated for the release of her husband at the German Bundestag. Besides Mr. Patzelt, Ms. Ha also received support from other Members of Parliament (MP): MP Michael Brand and MP Frank Heinrich (CDU/CSU), MP Sabine Batzing-Lichtenthäler (SPD), MP Tom Koenigs and MP Omid Nouripour... Read more »
Mrs. Le Thi Minh Ha, wife of the Vietnamese human rights defender Nguyen Huu Vinh, went to Berlin/Germany to meet with members of the German Government and Parliament to advocate for the freedom of her husband. Mr. Nguyen Huu Vinh, born in 1956, initiated in 2007 the blog anhbasam (“The Gossiper”) which daily provides a compilation of information on political issues from several sources: state media, foreign press agencies, but also from political activists, journalists, private blogs and websites, which are stamped by the Vietnamese government as “reactionary” and “subversive”. He is one of the most prominent civil rights activists in Vietnam. Mr. Vinh and his colleague, Mrs. Nguyen Thi... Read more »
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