Entries by kayleedolen

Human Rights Recap: September 13th-27th

In these past two weeks, two very influential organizations have released reports about Vietnam. One, a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), highlights large-scale police abuse and brutality. Only days after releasing the report, the Vietnamese government handed down strict prison sentences to four police officers involved in the beating death of a suspect in […]

Human Rights Recap: August 23rd-September 13th

In a trial that garnered much international attention, on August 26th, Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, and Nguyen Van Minh were charged under Article 245 of Vietnam’s Penal Code for causing “public disorder.” They were sentenced to three, two, and two and a half years, respectively. Amnesty International reports that many people who […]

Human Rights Recap for August 9th-August 23rd, 2014

Human rights abuses continue in Vietnam, despite growing international attention surrounding potential trade agreements between Vietnam and the EU and Vietnam and the US. The trial of blogger Bui Thi Minh Hang is set for Tuesday, August 26th. According to Radio Free Asia, she was taken into custody on February 11th for “disturbing the public […]

Human Rights Recap for July 26th-August 9th, 2014

After the UN Special Rapporteur’s visit to Vietnam at the end of July, many questions are left unanswered. The visit was made to gather research for a report on the state of religious freedom in Vietnam. Mr. Bielefeldt, the Special Rapporteur, was unable to meet with some individuals and religious organizations and communities due to […]

Human Rights Recap for July 12th-July 26th, 2014

The end of this weekend will bring a new opportunity for human rights improvements in Vietnam. Meetings between Australian and Vietnamese officials in Hanoi on July 28th-30th will center on human rights dialogue. Human Rights Watch (HRW) urges Australia to “call for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Vietnam.” In a recent article […]

Human Rights Recap for June 28th-July 12th, 2014

As June drew to an end, good news came about the release of labor rights activist, Do Thi Minh Hanh. She and her colleagues, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung and Doan Huy Chuong, who remain in prison, were arrested in 2010 after organizing workers at a factory. Do Thi Minh Hanh served about half of her […]

Human Rights Recap for June 14th-June 27th, 2014: Results of Vietnam’s UPR Review at HRC26

On June 20th, during the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and its Universal Periodic Review  (UPR) of Vietnam’s human rights situation, the Council affirmed Vietnam’s position as a part of the UNHRC. The UPR Info Twitter feed expressed that ahead of Vietnam’s review, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, UNICEF, and the […]

Human Rights Recap for May 17th-May 31st, 2014

Cu Huy Ha Vu, a former Vietnamese prisoner of conscience who recently moved to the United States, wrote a piece for the Washington Post about the current state of human rights and freedom of expression in Vietnam. In the article, he cites that there are 400 prisoners of conscience in Vietnam today. He states that […]