Dear friends, organizations in country and foreign!
Given the Vietnam authorities continue incessantly suppressing dissents with the tools of dictatorship, the citizens have been aware of the civil rights and human rights and demanded enforcement of these rights is an inevitable trend, occurring more and more powerful. The establishment of Former Vietnamese Prisoners of Conscience (FVPoC), born on Feb 18, 2014 has been a milestone, it’s unanimously confirmation of the former prisoners of conscience that “Freedom of conscience is one of the basic inalienable rights of a human being beside the freedom of thought, the freedom of religion and the freedom of expression… To live in accordance with our conscience is to live ethically, in the love of others, in justice and in truth. To act in accordance with our conscience is to act aiming at bringing happiness to others, especially for those who are victims of human rights violations.”
Ninety-one members of FVPoC, each in one way or another, individually and in association with others, committed to continuing the struggle for human rights, democracy and freedom peacefully, despite all intimidation, harassment, or even being arrested again in jail. Enormous challenge did not discourage us, no dangers lurking caused us frustrated. A future state of Vietnam should be a state respects human rights’ and civil rights standards, its future citizens should have the rights of freedom as of citizens of advanced countries and Vietnamese people deserves to enjoy them.
Therefore, FVPoC firmly engages into its campaigns, strongly demanding the Communist government to implementing ít commitment to respect the fundamental rights of citizens, such as the rights of freedom to access information, freedom of expression in all media, freedom of association, freedom of religion, civil society organizations independent from the state is free to operate, removal of Article 4 of the Constitution that allows Communists to be dictatorship, leading to a general election where candidates can be self- nominee, separation of powers.
The main activities were carried out
Since being born, FVPoC constantly has made efforts for the rights of freedom, aiding the relatives of PoC, members of FVPoC and especially our brothers, friends – prisoners of conscience. The main activities were carried out in six months as follows:
1 Condemns the violations of human rights:
1.1. FVPoC: Free lawyer Le Quoc Quan (Feb 18, 2014)
1.3. FVPoC strongly condemns harassment of Vietnam police (Feb 21, 2014) about Nguyen Bac Truyen, Bui Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, Nguyen Van Minh, Le Quoc Quan, Huynh Ngoc Tuan.
1.5.Former Vietnamese Prisoners of Consciences Warns Situation of Prisoners of Conscience (Mar 29, 2014) relating to Nguyen Huu Cau, Dinh Dang Dinh, Hmong people, Bui Minh Hang, Nguyen Van Minh, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, Nguyen Van Vinh, Tran Thi Xinh, Vo Van Thanh Liem, Ho Thi Bich Khuong, Dieu Cay, Ta Phong Tan, Nguyen Cong Chinh.
1.7. The standpoint of Former Vietnamese Prisoners of Conscience (FVPOC) after two official sessions with the Vietnamese authorities (Apr 26, 2014) about Pham Ba Hai
1.8. Joint statement of civil society organizations in Vietnam, May 4, 2014, it was the first combination, consisting of 13 organizations, to jointly request GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM PLEASE RESPECT THE FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION
1.9. FVPoC: Vietnam authorities seriously violates the right of freedom of information (May 07, 2014) on the case of Anh Ba Sam
1:10. FVPoC Condemns the Attack to Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai (May 09, 2014)
1:11. JOINT STATEMENT: WE RESOLUTELY CONDEMN CHINA AGGRESSION AND VIETNAM’S SPINELESS ACTS (May 09, 2014) with 13 organizations signed.
1:13. Vietnam CSOs protest using violence against peaceful Human Rights activists(May 30, 2014) with 8 associations signed.
1:14. FVPoC’s Welcome Letter to Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (July 06, 2014)
1:15. FVPoC: The Statement on Vietnam Communists killing Prisoners of Conscience (July 13, 2014)
2. Visitation, humanitarian assistance:
2.1. Illegally-detained citizens in Lap Vo received support from FVPoC, VNWHR (Mar 10, 2014) with Bui Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, Nguyen Van Minh
2.2. Meeting of civil society organizations in Saigon (Mar 15, 2014) with the relatives of prisoners of conscience Nguyen Thi Anh Nguyet, Nguyen Thi Tuyen (Can Tho)
2.3. Visit Mr. Dinh Dang Dinh (Mar 17, 2014)
2.4. The trip to Mekong delta to visit the former prisoners of conscience (Mar 18, 2014), including Le Minh Triet, Nguyen Van Tho ( husband of PoC Duong Thi Tron), Nguyen Van Dien, Nguyen Thanh Phong and his wife, Nguyen Ngoc Ha.
2.5. Visiting a special member – Prisoner of the Century Nguyen Huu Cau (Mar 30, 2014)
2.6. FVPoC paid tribute to the patriotic Dinh Dang Dinh (April 7, 2014)
2.8. Welcome Vi Duc Hoi joined FVPoC (April 25, 2014)
2.9. FVPoC hails and visits Do Thi Minh Hanh (July 01, 2014)
2:10. The death of Former political prisoner Huynh Anh Tri denounced the evil regime in prison! (July 07, 2014)
3. International activities:
3.2. FVPoC joined to sign with more than 600 international NGOs to call on the UN Human Rights Council to reinforce legal remedies when transnational corporations abuse human rights. The resolution was adopted on June 26.
4. Monthly Meetings of CSOs
4.1. The first ever Meeting of civil society organizations in Saigon (Mar 14, 2014).
4.2. The government gradually recognized the presence of CSOs in April.
4.3. CSOs meeting in May 2014
4.5. CSOs meeting July 2014: Welcome Minh Hanh’s release
4.6. SAIGON CSOs meeting in August
Activities are expected in the next six months
We continue to maintain activities mentioned above, and we plan to add:
- In order to meet the information necessary on dissidents, human rights defenders, who are now in captivity by the Vietnam government, we will publish a full list about them. It is the list that FVPoC will not stop asking the authorities to release them unconditionally.
- The experience of those who have been imprisoned for the peaceful activities on human rights will contribute greatly to the individual, human rights organizations, politicians concerning about HR in Vietnam. Therefore, we will launch and urged our members to write their struggle stories. This collection will be published in two languages: Vietnamese and English. Although such a collection has been discussed since FVPoC was born, but due to insufficient factors we have not deployed yet.
Dear friends and organizations in foreign and country,
We sincerely thank the benefactors and friends have expressed the spirit of sharing our difficulties so far. Aiming at having enough means necessary for the operation, we call for and welcome any donations of financial, material of all individuals, organizations.
For support, please contact Catholic Priest Phan Van Loi or Ven. Thich Khong Tanh.
Vietnam, on 18/08/2014
Standing Steering Committee:
Co-Chair: Dr.Nguyen Dan Que, Father Phan Van Loi
Chairman of Advisory Council: Ven.Thich Khong Tanh
Coordinator: Pham Ba Hai (MBE), Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai.
Spokesman: Pham Chi Dung (PhD)
*Translation by Trang Thien Long
(Defend the Defenders)