Joint Letter: Viet Nam, Move Beyond Repression, July 2020

Featured Image: Le Huu Minh Tuan (right) with Bui Minh Quoc in 2017, Source: Facebook Pham Doan Trang

Take action to speak out against the intensified targeting of land rights activist journalists, and other dissidents in Vietnam these past few weeks. Share the joint letter signed by The 88 Project and nine other organizations calling for an end to this crackdown.

In a single day in June, authorities across the country arrested six activists in multiple incidents. The authorities have also been harassing members of the Liberal Publishing House and the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam, arresting several members of the IJAVN in recent months, including Le Huu Minh Tuan in June.

“We, the undersigned ten organization sand individuals, are deeply concerned by the Vietnamese authorities’ escalating crackdown on independent media and peaceful dissent ahead of the Vietnamese Communist Party’s next Congress in early 2021. While the Vietnamese government has been widely lauded for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, with higher international standing comes greater obligations: Viet Nam must improve its appalling human rights record.”

Read the full letter and our recommendations, here.