Cao Ủy Nhân Quyền LHQ phê phán bản án khắc nghiệt đối với các nhà báo và blogger VN

 

GENEVA (ngày 25 tháng 9 2012) – Cao ủy Nhân quyền Liên Hiệp Quốc, bà Navi Pillay hôm thứ ba bày tỏ mối quan ngại sâu sắc về sự kết tội và tuyên án khắc nghiệt đối với ba nhà báo / blogger Việt Nam, và bà ghi nhận rằng điều này phản ánh một xu hướng ngày càng tăng những hạn chế về tự do ngôn luận tại Việt Nam, đặc biệt là đối với những người sử dụng Internet để phê phán. Continue reading

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Resolution on Vietnam submitted by Suisse Romand PEN Centre

Resolution on Vietnam submitted by Suisse Romand PEN Centre and seconded by Swiss German PEN Centre and Swiss Italian and Reto-Romansh PEN Centre

 The Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 78th World  Congress in Geongju, Korea, 9th  to 15th September 2012

 VIETNAM : Vietnam remains of great concern: It continues to suppress the right to freedom of expression and opinion, through application of liberticidal articles of its Penal Code, in particular, Article 88 ‘’Propaganda against the State’’ providing sentences of up to 20 years in prison and Article 258 ‘‘Abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the State interests’’, up to 7 years in prison. Print and audiovisual media, Internet and publishing houses are under strict State control and subject to severe censorship. There is flagrant restriction on freedom to seek, receive and impart information, in particular relating to accountability for human rights violations, corruption and social injustice. Several writers, journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders have been victims of harassment, physical aggression, arbitrary arrest, police brutality and torture, lengthy pre-trial detention, unfair trial and heavy prison sentences. In forced labour camps, prisoners refusing to plead guilty or engaging in hunger strike to protest inhuman detention conditions are held in solitary confinement and/or incommunicado. Gravely sick prisoners are denied their right to receive adequate medical treatment and family visits. Some have been attacked by common law detainees. Released prisoners are placed under house arrest as part of the probationary detention for up to 5 years. Continue reading