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 »
Translation of the Press release of Mrs. Marie-Luise Dött, Member of the German Bundestag, Feb. 22, 2016 Freedom for the Vietnamese civil rights defender Nguyen Van Dai “Today I assume parliamentary sponsorship for the Vietnamese civil rights activist Nguyen Van Dai, arrested in Hanoi on December 16, 2015. For me there was no hesitation to say yes to the request from the human rights organization “Veto! Human Rights Defenders’ Network.” Just last year in August, I met Nguyen Van Dai in Hanoi during a delegation visit of the Christian Democratic Union / Christian Social Union Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag. The talk focused primarily on the human rights situation... Read more »
19 February 2016 – Viet Nam must end the ongoing incommunicado detention of human rights defenders Nguyễn Văn Đài and Lê Thu Hà which is in violation of their human rights, including the right to freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. All charges against Nguyễn Văn Đài and Lê Thu Hà, who Amnesty International has designated prisoners of conscience, should be withdrawn and they should be immediately and unconditionally released. An incommunicado detention is one in which a detainee is held without access to the outside world, particularly to family, lawyers, courts and independent doctors. The practice of incommunicado detention violates key rights of... Read more »
Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai (2011) Lawyer NGUYEN Van Dai was arrested [i] in Hanoi on Dec. 16, 2015 on the charge of „conducting propaganda against the Socialist State Vietnam“ (Art. 88 of the Penal Code of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) when he was on his way to meet with members of the European Union delegation who were in Hanoi for the annual human rights dialogue with Vietnam.[ii] Officers of the Ministry of Public Security searched his home afterwards and confiscated many computers, laptops, cell phones, hard disks, USB sticks and documents. On the same day Ms. LE Thu Ha, his assistant, was also arrested in his office in Hanoi.... Read more »
Mr. Nguyen Huu Vinh, born in 1956, known as blogger anhbasam (“The Gossiper”), is one of the most prominent civil rights activists in Vietnam. He and his colleague, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, were arrested in Hanoi on May 5, 2014 and since then they are in detention. The police accuse them of “abusing democratic freedom to infringe the interests of the State” according to Art. 258, Criminal Code of Vietnam. His arrest happened three days after China had installed an oil platform off the coast from Vietnam and hence put the Vietnamese population in excitement. At that time the website anhbasam, which was named after him, tried to provide... Read more »
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