Increase in Human Rights Violations in Vietnam Since February

28 Mar

There is increasing human rights violations in Vietnam, according to the World Movement of Democracy, a global network of democrats and human rights advocates.

In its recent email list, it lists the arrests and interrogations of democracy, human rights and religious advocates since February this year.

They include Buddhist youth leader Le Cong Cau, who is on house arrest, since March 17; human rights lawyers, Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan, who were arrested in Hanoi and charged under article 88 of the criminal code, which bans propaganda against the government; activists Bach Ngoc Duong and Pham Van Coi in February; Catholic priest and human rights advocate Father Nguyen Van Ly’s, whose house was raided and charged under article 88; Head of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam Youth Commission Thich hien Minh, currently under police interrogations; Vietnam Progression Party members Nguyen Binh Thanh and Hoang Thi Dao, who were arrested in February; Lawyer Le Quoc Quan, who was and charged under article 79 of the criminal code for “activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s government”; Buddhist monk, Thich Chi Thang, under interrogation.

These are just the recent few advcoates who have been harrassed and imprisoned.

Others include Buddhist dissident Thich Huyen Quang, Patriarch of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, and the UBCV’s Deputy Leader Thich Quang Do.

Currently under house arrest, they have both spent more than 25 years in detention.

Thich Quang Do is held in isolation at Thanh Minh Zen Monastery. He was denied travel to Norway for the Rafto Human Rights Award in November 2006. The Rafto Human Rights representatives who came to Vietnam to hand him the award personally, were also arrested this March, then they tried to do so.

Vietnam, like China, remains a one party Communist state, despite economic liberal reforms, as early as 1986 , according to the US-ASEAN Business Council.

The country, which hosted the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in November 2006, was also visited by the American President, George Bush. It joined the World Trade Organization as its 150th member on 11th January 2007.

Despite pursuing a more open economy, greater pursuit of material advancement and economic achievement, the human rights record of the authoritarian regime remains dismal after 20 years.

The world needs to continue to exert pressure on the Vietnamese government to reduce or stop its human rights abuse… …

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