Greetings from Huong, Ella, and Kaylee from The 88 Project! We are bringing you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of June 26 to July 2. News of blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh aka Me Nam (Mother Mushroom) has dominated local and international headlines and social media this week as she was brutally sentenced to ten years on June 29 under Article 88 for “propaganda against the state.” Many organizations, individuals, and governmental agencies have called for her immediate and unconditional release. Several activists have been attacked by non-uniformed assailants recently as well, and in the latest example of forced exile of activists, professor and former prisoner of conscience Pham Minh Hoang was deported to Paris after his Vietnamese citizenship was officially revoked. Please take PEN International’s action for Me Nam this week to support her release.
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HUMAN RIGHTS & CIVIL SOCIETY
Prisoners of Conscience
RELEVANT NEWS & ANALYSIS
Vietnam Faces New Oil Dispute With China After Beijing Cuts Visit Short: “Neither side is saying officially whether something else led to the cancellation. Analysts who track Vietnam believe it comes down to a disputed South China Sea oil exploration tract in Vietnam’s hands as well as Hanoi’s recent contact with Chinese rivals Japan and the United States.”
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Take PEN International’s action for Me Nam, “calling on the Vietnamese authorities to drop the charges against blogger and human rights defender Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, and release her immediately and unconditionally.”
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