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Human rights must be a priority as U.S. talks trade with Vietnam

Washington Post – AS THE United States has negotiated with Vietnam over a trade deal intended to elevate the rule of law, the rule of law has been steadily eroding inside Vietnam. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who is…

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China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba win seats on UN Human Rights Council, drawing scorn

Washington Post – UNITED NATIONS — China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba and Algeria won seats Tuesday on the U.N. Human Rights Council, riling independent human rights groups who said their election undermined the rights watchdog’s credibility. The General Assembly…

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Vietnam: Revise Constitution to Protect Rights

HRW – (New York) – Vietnam’s National Assembly should ensure that the country’s revised constitution fully meets international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the chairman of the National Assembly. Vietnam’s parliament is considering and expected to vote…

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Imprisoned Vietnamese blogger Dieu Cay wins PEN Canada’s One Humanity Award

CMW – TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW/ – Vietnamese blogger Dieu Cay will receive the One Humanity Award at PEN Canada’s annual benefit at the 34th International Festival of Authors (IFOA) on October 24, 2013. The award recognizes Dieu Cay’s…

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Jailed Vietnamese Dissident in New Hunger Strike Over Artwork Seizure

RFA – Jailed prominent Vietnamese dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu has begun another hunger strike—this time in protest against the seizure of his artwork he had drawn in prison, according to his wife. Nguyen Thi Duong Ha holds a self-portrait…

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How Vietnam is turning the Facebook profile picture into a political weapon

Anh-Minh Do/Memeburn – Vietnam’s internet is profoundly political. On 4 October, General Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnam’s most celebrated war hero, passed away. In tribute, hundreds and thousands of profile pictures on Vietnam’sFacebook changed to display Giap’s face. This isn’t the first time…

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How Vietnam’s Burgeoning Civil Society Is Changing The Nation’s Political Landscape

Hai Hong Nguyen/Economy Watch – Since 1976, Vietnam has been controlled by the Communist Party. Till recently, its rule and legitimacy had never been challenged. Recent civil movements however suggest that Vietnamese are gradually rising up against the party, hoping…

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Open Challenges to Vietnam Bring Changes

Hai Hong Nguyen/The Jakarta Globe – Vietnam’s political culture is gradually transforming from totalitarianism to pluralism. Why? Because an emerging and independent civil society is openly challenging communist party rule. The most high-profile example is a petition signed by Group…

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Vietnam’s repression extends to Catholics

Baptist Press – WASHINGTON (BP) — Catholics in northern Vietnam protesting against the long-term detention of two parishioners have run afoul of authorities in the Southeast Asian country. “Anthony” Nguyen Van Hai, 43, and “Peter” Ngo Van Khoi, 53, were…

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Report: 63 Christian leaders in Vietnamese prison camps

Catholic Culture – 63 pastors and other Christian leaders, most of them members of ethnic minorities, are being detained in prison camps in Vietnam, according to International Christian Concern, a US organization that monitors the persecution of Christians. “Conditions in…

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