On the occasion of the G20 Summit in Hamburg (Germany) 40 human rights and civil society organizations in Europe, USA and Asia call the Vietnamese Prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to immediately and unconditionally release three prominent human rights defenders from three different religious communities and all other prisoners of conscience detained in Vietnam. The Most Venerable Thích Quảng Độ, Mr. Nguyễn Văn Đài and Ms. Đỗ Thị Hồng have been arbitrarily detained, without the due process protections afforded to them under international law, the open letter states. Thích Quảng Độ, an 89 year-old Buddhist monk and leader of the independent Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), is Vietnam’s longest-detained... Read more »
Buddhist Monks blocked the raid of public security agents during the visit of the EU-Delegation at Phuoc Hue Pagoda, Lam Dong Province, on 9 Dec 2009 Joint Statement of Concern on Vietnam’s Draft Law on Religion We, the undersigned civil society organizations are concerned that Vietnam’s draft Law on Belief and Religion[i] is inconsistent with the right to freedom of religion or belief. We call upon the Government to comprehensively revise the draft Law to conform with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law in the course of an inclusive consultation process with recognized and independent religion or belief communities within Vietnam and human rights law experts, including the UN... Read more »
Prepared for the conference Defending Freedom of Religion or Belief (for minorities) in Asia in European Parliament on 21 October 2015 Vu Quoc Dung (VETO! Human Rights Defenders‘ Network) Unconscious Hmong believers during a raid in Cao Bang province in November 2013 Vietnam is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country in South East Asia with a population of about 90 million. The vast majority, about 86% of the population (77 million) are ethnic Kinh. The remaining 13 million belong to 53 ethnic minority groups ranging from hundreds to a million people in each group. Large ethnic groups with populations of over one million include the Mường, Tày, Thái, Khmer and Hmong.... Read more »
Update for reporting period from May 2014 to May 2015 (Prepared by VETO! Human Rights Defenders’ Network on May 30, 2015) SSFO-Shed in Lè Hamlet, Tuyen Quang Province, Vietnam before and after the destruction on May 26, 2015 The Duong Van Minh belief is a new variant of Christian religion for Hmong ethnics in the four Northeastern provinces of Vietnam: Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Tuyen Quang and Thai Nguyen since 1989. The most known characteristic of this belief is the simplified funeral ceremony. The believers use symbolic items made of wood such as a crucifix, a swallow, a toad and a cicada during the funeral ceremony. The villagers share... 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 »
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Prof. Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt, was invited by the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to a country visit from 21 to 31 July 2014. After visiting some religious groups in Hanoi, Tuyen Quang Province, Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh Long the Special Rapporteur interrupted his travel on July 28, 2014, due to reason “that some individuals whom I wanted to meet with had been either under heavy surveillance, warned, intimidated, harassed or prevented from travelling by the police. Even those who successfully met with me were not free from a certain degree of police surveillance or... Read more »
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