Amnesty International has organized a protest on the 13th May asking for the release of prisoners at the Vietnamese Embassy in London.
The Vietnamese government continues to hold at least 30 prisoners of conscience in prison. The incarcerated(poets, writers, journalists, bloggers, independent trade unionists and supporters of banned political groups) continue to have their human rights violated for peaceful dissent or for openly expressing their ideas contrary to the regime.
According to Amnesty International’s annual report on the state of the world’s human rights, “political dissent and activism promoting human rights continue to be harshly repressed in the country” and severe restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association continue.
In the last few months, long prison sentences have been imposed on both male and female prisoners of conscience, condemned in unfair trials without basic rights. They had been kept in lengthy pretrial detention or under house arrest.
In order to carry out these types of abuses, the government uses the national security section of the 1999 Penal Code, which makes punishable “carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration”.
Under the umbrella of this law, all peaceful political and social dissent is criminalized.
Along with this, the country continues to discriminate and intimidate religious minorities such as the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam and has also placed new restrictions on the use of the Internet.
To denounce this situation, Amnesty International has organized a protest on Sunday 13th May at the Vietnamese Embassy to demand the release of prisoners of conscience and to fight for the human rights of the Vietnamese people.
In particular, Amnesty International will ask for the release of Nguyen Xuan Nghia, a poet sentenced to 6 years in prison and Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, an entrepreneur sentenced to 16 years.
Furthermore, the release of Truong Quoc Huy after 5 years in prison will also be celebrated.
The protest will take place opposite the Vietnamese Embassy, 12 Victoria Road at 11.00am.
For more information go to http://www.amnesty.org.uk/events_details.asp?ID=2171
(Translated by Harriet Payne)