Vietnamese bloggers launch online network to defend human rights

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Vietnam has so far this year locked up more bloggers on the Internet than in 2012. Vietnamese bloggers were therefore quick to react when, along with China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Cuba , the communist country was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the 2014-2016 term by creating and launching a new instrument of free expression: the Vietnamese Bloggers Network (NVB).

The network aims to ensure that the Vietnamese government implements its obligations and commitments to the CHR through actions rather than mere political statements. Stating that, since Vietnam’s membership in the UNHRC means that all of its 90 million citizens are now members of the Council, the NVB will strive to uphold core values ​​in the promotion and protection of human rights. man.

To do this, he believes that Vietnam should:

  • Accept the 7 UN requests not yet met by the Vietnamese government which would allow UN delegates to travel to Vietnam to investigate alleged human rights violations,
  • Put an end to torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and the penalties inflicted on all Vietnamese citizens,
  • Release those currently imprisoned solely for the peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression and other rights based on the fundamental and universal values ​​of United Nations treaties,
  • repeal laws and decrees with vague and arbitrarily interpreted terms,
  • End the state monopoly on media and publishing, ensure that all individuals and organizations have the right to establish media agencies and publishing houses,
  • Remove firewalls that block users from accessing social media networks.

Chi Dang, director of overseas support for the Free Journalists Network in Vietnam, said it was crucial that the launch of the network received international support as it has proven to “provide effective protection to our people. bloggers in the field ”.

The launch of the network will coincide with International Human Rights Day on December 10.

This article was posted on December 16, 2013 at indexoncensorship.org

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