Statement from a network of Vietnamese bloggers: Vietnam should amend law to demonstrate Human Rights Council candidacy commitment - Dân Làm Báo

Statement from a network of Vietnamese bloggers: Vietnam should amend law to demonstrate Human Rights Council candidacy commitment

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them. 

As a candidate for the HRC for the 2014-2016 tenure, Vietnam must demonstrate its commitment to cooperating with the HRC and upholding “the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights”

These obligations and responsibilities do not only apply on the international arena, but also inside Vietnam. The Vietnamese government also needs to review the human rights situation in their own country and the Vietnamese people also have a right to freedom of opinion and expression, including on these matters. 

In order to improve the protection of human rights in Vietnam, we will take HRC's principles as guidelines for our actions, which also comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law. 

We will:

- Continue to promote and inform the Vietnamese people about their rights by publicly distributing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), organizing public forums to discuss human rights in Vietnam and advocating for necessary improvements of the respect and protection of human rights. 

- Continue to monitor, publicly report and comment on improvement, setbacks, or violations of human rights in Vietnam, with a focus on policy and practice by the Vietnamese authorities that affect human rights. 

In order to fulfill these responsible actions, we call upon the Vietnamese government and the HRC to review Article 258 of the 1999 Penal Code, amended in 2009 - “crime of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State, the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens”

In May 2013, two bloggers were detained right after they distributed the UDHR and police accused them of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State. Only weeks later, two other bloggers were detained after participating an outdoor picnic to discuss the content of the UDHR. 

Most recently, in May and June 2013, Article 258 was used to arrest blogger Truong Duy Nhat, Pham Viet Dao, and Dinh Nhat Uy forexercising their rights of freedom of expression by peacefully publishing texts on their blogs. 

This article is in breach of the Article 19 of the UDHR: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. 

It would be a great responsibility to serve as a member stateof the Human Rights Council, and an opportunity to promote human rights domestically and abroad. For a successful candidacy, we believe Vietnam must repeal or make amendments to Article 258 to ensure that Vietnamese people are free to educate themselves about and promote human rights. 

We hope that Vietnam will consider the abrogation of Article 258 to demonstrate its commitment and contribution to promoting and protecting human rights, and we hope that the General Assembly members will push Vietnam to do so during the campaigning period. 

We request Vietnam to present its human rights pledges as a candidate well before the election, to enable members of the General Assembly to assess its human rights commitment. The abrogation of Article 258 should be among the pledges. 

As said by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General - “All victims of human rights abuses should be able to look to the Human Rights Council as a forum and a springboard for action.” As advocates for freedom of expression in Vietnam and victims of human rights violations because of our activism, we view Vietnam's candidacy for the HRC as a platform for constructive human rights discussions in our country. 

List of the Vietnamese Bloggers Signing the Statement:


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1 Võ Quốc Anh Khánh Hòa
2 Hoàng Quốc Bảo Sài Gòn
3 Ngô Trung Bộ Sài Gòn
4 Phạm Lê Vương Các  Sài Gòn
5 Huỳnh Ngọc Chênh  Sài Gòn
6 Nguyễn Thảo Chi  Sài Gòn
7 Hoàng Cường Hà Nội
8 Vũ Tuấn Cường Hà Nội
9 Nguyễn Đắc Hải Di Oslo (Norway)
10 Nguyễn Nữ Phương Dung Sài Gòn
11 Lê Dũng Hà Nội
12 Hoàng Văn Dũng Sài Gòn
13 Nguyễn Văn Dũng Phu Tho
14 Trương Văn Dũng Hà Nội
15 Lã Việt Dũng Hà Nội
16 Mai Xuân Dũng Hà Nội
17 Ngô Nhật Đăng Hà Nội
18 Nguyễn Chí Đức Hà Nội
19 Trương Minh Đức Bình Dương
20 Nguyễn Đình Hà Hà Nội
21 Hoàng Thu Hà Hà Nội
22 Lê Minh Hải Sài Gòn
23 Nguyễn Phước Hải Sài Gòn
24 Phạm Văn Hải Khánh Hòa
25 Bùi Thị Minh Hằng Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu
26 Nguyễn Vũ Hiệp Hà Nội
27 Nguyễn Hải Hoàn Nam Định
28 Nguyễn Huy Hoàng
29 Vũ Sỹ Hoàng Sài Gòn
30 Huỳnh Thái Học Khánh Hòa
31 Nguyễn Thị Hơi Nam Định
32 Trịnh Hội California, USA
33 Lê Anh Hùng Quảng Trị
34 Trần Văn Huỳnh Sài Gòn
35 Nguyễn Việt Hưng Yên Bái
36 Nguyễn Việt Hưng Hà Nội
37 Đặng Thị Hường Hà Nội
38 Nguyễn Hồng Kiên Hà Nội
39 Nguyễn Xuân Kim Nghệ An
40 Bùi Tuấn Lâm Đà Nẵng
41 Đặng Ngọc Lan Hà Nội
42 Lê Thị Phương Lan Hà Nội
43 Thùy Linh Hà Nội
44 Vũ Thị Thùy Linh Hà Nội
45 Đào Trang Loan Hà Nội
46 Lê Thăng Long  Sài Gòn
47 Đinh Hữu Minh Hà Nội
48 Nguyễn Tiến Nam Yên Bái
49 Nguyễn Việt Nam Hà Nội
50 Trần Thị Nga Hà Nam
51 Phạm Thanh Nghiên Hải Phòng
52 Vũ Quốc Ngữ Hà Nội
53 Đào Hữu Nghĩa Nhân Sài Gòn
54 Bùi Thị Nhung Ninh Bình
55 Tô Oanh Bắc Giang
56 Lê Hồng Phong Hà Nội
57 Phan Văn Phong Hà Nội
58 Hà Sĩ Phu Lâm Đồng
59 Phạm Tiến Quốc Sài Gòn
60 Nguyễn Trần Quyên Quyên Sài Gòn
61 Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh Khánh Hòa
62 Lê Trung Sơn Hà Nội
63 Trương Minh Tam Hà Nam
64 Nguyễn Công Thanh Sài Gòn
65 Trịnh Hoàng Thanh Hà Nội
66 L.M. Anton Lê Ngọc Thanh Sài Gòn
67 Hồ Đức Thành Hà Nội
68 Lưu Thành Sài Gòn
69 Nguyễn Hồ Nhật Thành Sài Gòn
70 Phạm Văn Thành Paris (France)
71 Nguyễn Lân Thắng Hà Nội
72 Châu Văn Thi Sài Gòn
73 Khổng Hy Thiêm Khánh Hòa
74 Võ Trường Thiện Khánh Hòa
75 L.M. Giuse Đinh Hữu Thoại  Sài Gòn
76 Huỳnh Công Thuận Sài Gòn
77 Nguyễn Tường Thụy Hà Nội
78 Trịnh Kim Tiến Sài Gòn
79 Nguyễn Thành Tiến Hải Phòng
80 Phạm Toàn Hà Nội
81 Trịnh Văn Toàn Hà Nội
82 Lê Thu Trà Hà Nội
83 Nghiêm Ngọc Trai Hà Nội
84 Phạm Đoan Trang Hà Nội
85 Nguyễn Thu Trang Hà Nội
86 Hoàng Đức Trọng Sài Gòn
87 Phạm Văn Trội Hà Nội
88 Hoàng Anh Trung  Hà Nội
89 Huỳnh Chí Trung Sài Gòn
90 Nguyễn Anh Tuấn  Đà Nẵng
91 Trịnh Anh Tuấn Đăk Lăk
92 Vũ Quốc Tú Sài Gòn
93 Đặng Vũ Tùng Switzerland
94 Nguyễn Chí Tuyến Hà Nội
95 Lê Tuyết Hà Nội
96 Nguyễn Hoàng Vi  Sài Gòn
97 Nguyễn Văn Viên Hà Nội
98 Bùi Quang Viễn Sài Gòn
99 Lê Công Vinh Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu
100 J.B Nguyễn Hữu Vinh Hà Nội
101 Nguyễn Xuân Vui Khánh Hòa
102 Đặng Tuấn Vũ Hà Nội
103 Huỳnh Thục Vy Quảng Nam

List of International Organizations Receiving the Statement:

1. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 

2. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 

3. Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) 

4. Human Right Watch 

5. Freedom House 

6. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 

7. International Freedom of Expression Exchange network (IFEX)

8. International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) 

9. Civil Rights Defenders 

10. Amnesty International 

11. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 

12. Human Right Law Network 

13. Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN) 

14. Southeast Asia Press Alliance(SEAPA) 

15. Swedish International Development Cooporation Agency (SIDA) 

16. Open Society Foundation (OSF) 

17. Front Line Defenders

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