Entries by kayleedolen

Defining December 10th: Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Remembering the Challenges That Lie Ahead

Each year on December 10th, the world celebrates Human Rights Day in honor of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Declaration begins in its preamble with this statement:”Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the […]

Happy Birthday, Tran Huynh Duy Thuc!

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc is a successful Vietnamese entrepreneur who often blogged about economic and social conditions in Vietnam. He was arrested in 2009, at first on charges involving theft of telephone wires, and then later under Article 79 of Vietnam’s Penal Code for “attempting to overthrow the government.” His one-day trial was held in […]

Human Rights Recap October 25th-November 8th

Violations of human rights and international law take center stage in this week’s recap. In a recent filing by the Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law, Director Allen Weiner expressed concern over Vietnam’s violation of several articles of international law, including provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the […]

Human Rights Recap October 11-25th

On October 16th, we joined forces with bloggers and activists world-wide to raise awareness for this year’s Blog Action Day topic: inequality. We explored the unequal application of human rights, especially in regards to the unequal situations of freedom of expression throughout the world. To read the blog, click here. Le Van Tinh, who was […]

Blog Action Day 2014: Inequality and Freedom of Expression

Human rights are inherent for all persons. However, human rights are far from guaranteed in their application. There are some kinds of inequality that we don’t hear much about, and the unequal application of human rights is one of them. For example, the United States has some of the most vehement protections for freedom of […]

Human Rights Recap September 27th-October 11th

A few of the key issues affecting human rights in Vietnam these past two weeks have been the partial lifting of the US weapons sales ban to Vietnam and the Hong Kong protests over the right to elections free from state interference. Curiously enough, Vietnam has allowed state media outlets to report on the events […]

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 […]