Published by Human Rights Watch's Press Release
Peaceful Dissidents and Bloggers Arbitrarily Locked Up
April 7, 2011
"With a steady stream of people being locked up for nothing more than asking for their rights, the situation is critical. Vietnam’s donors and development partners need to forcefully express their public support for Vietnam’s courageous activists and call for the immediate release of all who have been arbitrarily detained."
Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch
On February 28, 2010, Mr. Huynh Ba, a Khmer-Krom man who was arrested since 2009 because of standing up to demand returning his confiscated farmland, was released. It was good news for his family and friends. After arriving home about couple hours, Mr. Huynh Ba talked to the VOKK reporter on the phone. His conversation with the VOKK reporter made people understanding more about how the Khmer-Krom people are currently living under the oppression of the Vietnamese Communist Government.
On March 8, the women around the world commemorate the International Women’s Day. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. The first time the people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland commemorated International Women’s Day on March 19, 1911. This year, the theme of the International Women’s Day is Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.
Do the Khmer-Krom women in Kampuchea-Krom commemorate the International Women’s Day?
The peaceful revolution overthrowing the dictatorship regimes in Tunisia and Egypt were successfully organized mostly by the youths. The Tunisian and Egyptian youths effectively used the Internet and Mobile phones to spark the revolution. Now the revolution to demand for democracy spreads to other countries. When does it come to Asia, especially in Vietnam?
Since 1998, the Vietnamese government had closed its door to allow Human Rights Experts visiting its country because the Vietnamese government scared the experts find out the truth about its hidden oppression policies toward the Indigenous Peoples. The Vietnamese government always denies the existence of the Indigenous Peoples in Vietnam and calls them as Minority. During the Universal Periodic Review in 2009, Vietnam was requested to allow the UN Human Rights experts to visit its country. To save face and polish its regime, Vietnam promised to allow two UN independent experts to Visit Vietnam in 2010.
Published by Asia Time
By Adam Boutzan
Successful rebellions are inherently unpredictable. The middle-class revolt that recently toppled the Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali regime in Tunisia can only be explained in retrospect; hardly anyone, apparently, saw it coming.
Analysts now are pointing to the combustible mix of too many educated young people and too few jobs, a "kleptocratic elite", and the failure of the state security apparatus to defend the regime when the chips were down.
Saigon (Prey Nokor) City, Mekong Delta
February 14, 2011
A local Khmer-Krom, named Mr. Lam Huol has been wrongly jailed at the “Ba` Lai” prison in Saigon City (renamed Ho Chi Minh City), due to the corruption scheme inside the police force.
Mr. Lam Huol was born in Gia Rai district, Bac Lieu province, the Mekong Delta (south Vietnam). He has moved to Saigon City to find work.
UNPO PRESS RELEASE FEBRUARY 2, 2011
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UNPO Celebrates 20 Years of Nonviolent Struggle
The Peace Palace in The Hague, seat of the International Court of Justice, plays host to Vice President of Zanzibar and Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Republic of Abkhazia during commemorative activities marking 20th anniversary of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.
25 January 2011
Posted on UN Human Rights
Ban Ki-moon Says Special Procedures Allow Human Rights Council to Shine Light on Abuses Everywhere
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Human Rights Council this afternoon at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, saying that for the Council to fulfil its mandate it had to be seen as impartial and fair and it could not be seen as being ruled by special interests.
Posted by NewAmericaMedia.org Jan 25, 2011.
The Vietnam government intensified its repression of activists and dissidents during 2010, and cracked down harshly on freedom of expression, association, and assembly, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2011.
The 649-page report, Human Rights Watch’s 21st annual review of human rights practices around the globe, summarizes major human rights developments in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. In Vietnam, bloggers, human rights defenders, workers rights activists, and democracy and anti-corruption campaigners faced intimidation, arrest, torture, and imprisonment, Human Rights Watch said.