Report on HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS in VIETNAM 2017

The year 2017 is the worst year for Vietnam’s dissent with the official arrest of at least 43 human rights activists.

Plainclothes agents and pro-government thugs carried out a number of physical assaults targetting political dissidents and people who disagree with government’s policies. These attacks were brutal and severe, conducted in day lights with witness of uniformed police.

The communist government enhanced surveillance over activists. Authorities in many localities deployed police officers, plainclothes agents and militia to private residences of local activists to place them de facto under house arrest in many occasions, including various international and domestic anniversaries as well as during visits of foreign leaders. Most of meetings of activists were troubled and interrupted by security forces.

The report of Vietnam Human Rights Violations was made from data collected from members of the Former Vietnamese Prisoners of Conscience, activists and victims. Only the most serious cases which published on the net were classified and reported. There are many cases without publication may be out of the report.

The Former Vietnamese Prisoners of Conscience calls on the Vietnamese government to respect basic rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in which Vietnam is a signatory party, including the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, and movement.

The Former Vietnamese Prisoners of Conscience calls on Vietnam’s trade partners to raise human rights issues while negotiating free trade agreements with Vietnam, requesting Vietnam’s government recognize independent civil societies and allow local people to freely express their opinions.

Authors:
Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, Catholic Priest Phan Van Loi, Buddhist Ven. Thich Khong Tanh,
Pham Ba Hai (MBE), Lawyer Le Cong Dinh,
Journalist Nguyen Vu Binh, Engineer Le Thang Long.

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