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Legal Persecution: Vietnam’s Use of Law as a Weapon Against Civil Society

A report by Freedom Now and American University’s Washington College of Law charts the rapid acceleration of Vietnam’s crackdown on civil society as the government passes new laws and amendments to enable its repression. These laws attempt to legitimize practices that violate Vietnam’s obligations to safeguard freedom of expression, association, assembly, and religious practice under international law. These laws have also contributed to the common practice of detaining individuals perceived to be working against the government’s interest.

 

Dr. Ho Van Hai is a blogger who has been detained since November 2016. He is serving a four year prison sentence related to his posts about government corruption and the Formosa waste spill.

 

Phan Kim Khanh is a blogger whose writings advocated for democracy and press freedom, among other things. He has been detained since March 2017 and is serving a six year prison sentence under the notorious Article 88.

 

Tran Hoang Phuc, Vu Quang Thuan, and Nguyen Van Dien are pro-democracy activists detained since the spring of 2017. The three are serving six years, eight years, and six and a half years in prison, respectively, for allegedly posting anti-government blogs and videos online.

 

Nguyen Van Hoa is a journalist and activist. He was arrested in January 2017 and is serving a seven year prison sentence for activities related to his reporting and activism around the Formosa waste spill.

 

 

Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly is a Roman Catholic priest and activist who has been repeatedly arrested over a 40 year period as result of his advocacy for religious freedom and democracy. In March 2007, Father Ly was sentenced to eight years in prison for alleged national security crimes. He was granted amnesty in May 2016 and returned home where he is currently serving five years house arrest.

Selected documents from Cases in Vietnam's case
Attack on a Diplomat Shows Vietnam’s Contempt for Human Rights February 26, 2011

Washington Post Op-Ed by former Freedom Now client Dr. Nguyen Dan Que commenting on the attack against a U.S. diplomat in Vietnam after the diplomat attempted to visit former Freedom Now client Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly.

Congressional DebatesMay 11, 2004

U.S. House of Representatives debates regarding Resolution 378.

Freedom Now Press ReleaseMarch 15, 2010

Announcing that Father Ly was released from prison.

Freedom Now Press ReleaseNovember 16, 2009

Regarding Father Ly's second stroke in prison.

Freedom Now Press ReleaseJuly 1, 2009

Announcing the letter signed by 37 U.S. Senators to President Triet of Vietnam.

Freedom Now Press ReleaseMarch 4, 2004

Announcing a press conference with Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), and Nina Shea, Vice Chair of the US International Religious Freedom Commission to announce the Working Group’s decision. The participants in the press conference also announced the simultaneous filing of resolutions, H. Con. Res. 378 in the House, and S. Res. 311 in the Senate, calling for Father Ly’s release.

Freedom Now Response to the Government's ReplyNovember 14, 2003

Responding to the Reply of the Government of Vietnam to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

House Urges Vietnam to Release PriestMay 13, 2004

Associated Press article.

Joint Letter to President Obama on VietnamApril 26, 2016

Joint letter from Freedom Now and 18 other organizations calling on President Obama to raise the cases of several prisoners of conscience when he visits Vietnam next month.

Legal Persecution: Vietnam’s Use of Law as a Weapon Against Civil SocietyNovember 16, 2018

A report by Freedom Now and American University’s Washington College of Law paints an alarming picture of the state of human rights in Vietnam and illustrates a trend of de jure and de facto repression which appears to be worsening.

Letter from 16 members of the U.S. SenateAugust 24, 2011

Urging U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to engage personally with the Government of Vietnam on behalf of Father Ly.

Letter from 37 U.S. SenatorsJuly 1, 2009

Addressed to President Triet of Vietnam urging the release of Father Ly.

Letter from Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrickNovember 19, 2004

Addressed to the President of Vietnam urging Father Ly's release.

Letter from Members of the U.S. House of Representatives February 1, 2013

Nominating Father Ly and the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do of Vietnam for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of ExpressionMarch 1, 2019

A letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom expression regarding the continued mistreatment experienced by Nguyen Van Hoa.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionSeptember 3, 2010

Finding Father Ly's detention a violation of international human rights law.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionMarch 4, 2004

Finding Father Ly's detention a violation of international law.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention February 27, 2009

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Father Ly.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionSeptember 25, 2003

Filed by Freedom Now on behalf of Father Ly.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionNovember 6, 2018

Petition submitted by Freedom Now and Dechert LLP to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Nguyen Van Hoa.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionSeptember 16, 2019

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Phan Kim Khanh

Selected MediaMarch 15, 2010

Covering Father Ly's release.

Selected MediaNovember 17, 2009

Regarding Father Ly's second stroke in prison.

Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human RightsJune 7, 2013

Freedom Now submitted a report describing the Government of Vietnam's unlawful use of arbitrary detention to be considered as part of the Universal Periodic Review of Vietnam's human rights policies and practices.

Submission to the UN Human Rights CommitteeJanuary 7, 2019

Freedom Now's submission to the UN Human Rights Committee prior to its third periodic review of Vietnam's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Submission to the UN Human Rights CouncilJuly 2, 2018

Freedom Now's submission to the UN Human Rights Council prior to Vietnam's Universal Periodic Review.

Testimony Given by Father LyFebruary 13, 2001

Before the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Time for Serious Approach to Vietnam Human RightsDecember 13, 2013

The Diplomat op-ed by Jared Genser and William McGillivary calling for Secretary of State John Kerry to use his trip to Vietnam to encourage Hanoi to improve its human rights record.

U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 378March 4, 2004

Calling for Father Ly's release.

U.S. Senate Resolution 311March 4, 2004

Calling for Father Ly's release.

Urgent Action Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on TortureJune 13, 2013

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Doan Huy Chuong, Do Thi Minh Hanh, and Nguyen Doan Quoc Hung.

Vietnam Must Release Religious Freedom AdvocateDecember 10, 2009

San Jose Mercury News Op-Ed by Maran Turner.

Vietnam Releases Two High Profile Dissidents from Jail in Lunar New Year AmnestyJanuary 31, 2005

Associated Press article by Margie Mason.