Advocacy to Stop Torture in Vietnam
Ten benchmarks to evaluate Vietnam's progress in preventing and ending torture.
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.
Obama: Push Vietnam to Improve Human Rights at ASEAN Summit
Groups Call on the US to Raise Rights Issues with Vietnam Before Expanding Trade and Security Relations
Fixing the United States' Human Rights Misstep With Vietnam:
By Selling Weapons to Vietnam, the US is Selling out Activists
John Sifton, The Diplomat, October 8, 2014
Why the US Shouldn’t be Selling Arms to Vietnam
John Sifton, Foreign Policy, October 3, 2014.
Vietnam Rejects Key UN Recommendations to Improve
Human Rights at Adoption of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report
Vietnam Committee on Human Rights, June 20, 2014
Rights Advocates Criticize Vietnam on UPR Rejections
VOA, June 23, 2014
Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu: US Should Press Vietnam to Respect Human Rights
May 6, 2014
Vietnam Advocacy Day in Congress
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 is Officially Launched with a Press Conference in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., January 16, 2014
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.
from CAT-VN's January 2014 report.
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.
On December 10, 2013, prior to publishing our report on torture of prisoners of conscience in Vietnam, CAT-VN sent a letter to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Public Security summarizing the report's findings and asking what actions the government was taking or would consider taking to address the concerns documented in the report. To date we have not received a response.
Joint Statement in Support of CAT-VN (Bilingual)
"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."