Advocacy to Stop Torture in Vietnam
CAT-VN advocates for humane treatment of detainees and prisoners in Vietnam and an end to torture and other abuses in Vietnamese prisons, jails, police stations, re-education centers, psychiatric institutions and other places of detention.
Ten benchmarks to evaluate Vietnam's progress in preventing and ending torture.
On December 10, 2013, CAT-VN sent the following questions to the Vietnamese government regarding torture and Vietnam's compliance with the Convention against Torture. To date we have not received a response.
Video: Preventing Torture Everywhere
National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)
An informative video by NRCAT explains why it's important for countries to sign and ratify the Optional Protocol to the UN Torture Convention.
Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu: US Should Press Vietnam to Respect Human Rights
May 6, 2014
Why the US Shouldn’t be Selling Arms to Vietnam
John Sifton, Foreign Policy, October 3, 2014.
Chức sắc tôn giáo Việt Nam điều trần trước Quốc Hội Hoa Kỳ
"Prisoners of conscience in Vietnam are patriotic Vietnamese who stand up against injustice and violent power. Instead of listening to them, the authorities use oppression, beating, abuse, discrimination and other means to put them in prison."
Congressional hearing on religious freedom in Vietnam, Photo: Hue-Anh
Among those who have testified before the U.S. Congress on Vietnam's human rights record are Catholic priest Phan Van Loi (who testified from Vietnam, by skype) and Rong Nay of the Montagnard Human Rights Organization.
CAT-VN's Official Launch in Washington, D.C.
CAT-VN was officially launched on January 16, 2014 at press conference in Washington, D.C., where we released our report on torture of prisoners of conscience in Vietnam. At the press conference, Ven. Danh Tol (left), a Khmer Krom Buddhist monk from Vietnam, testified about being imprisoned and tortured for participating in a peaceful protest for religious freedom in 2007. Tran Tu Thanh (center), a veteran of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, described the torture he endured during eight years of incarceration in 14 different "re-education" camps. Earlier in the day Tran Thi Ngoc Minh (right) testified before Congress about the beatings and abuse her daughter, labor rights activist Do Thi Minh Hanh, has suffered in prison.