Vietnam Human Rights Network releases 2013 report

(VNRN) – The Vietnam Human Rights Network last week released its 2013 Report on Human Rights in Vietnam, a comprehensive compendium of developments and issues in the country during the year, ranging from oppression of religion, police brutality, land grabs, to human trafficking.

The report by the U.S.-based NGO acknowledges two diplomatic advances achieved by Vietnam during 2013, when Vietnam was elected to the UN Human Rights Council and joined the UN Convention Against Torture. The report also highlighted the fact that the Vietnamese government amended the country’s Constitution to include human rights.

Despite these advances, human rights situation on the grounds actually “took a turn for the worse in 2013,” the report asserts.

“The number of people detained for political views contrary to those of the ruling party increased, unabated police violence was reflected in the still high number of deaths and injuries caused by such violence, and the number of farmers whose land was expropriated without adequate compensation was on the rise.”

The full text of the report can be accessed here.

The Vietnam Human Rights Network said the report aims to “alert world opinion to the deplorable human rights situation in Vietnam today,” and also to “call on the Hanoi government to end its violations that have gone on for too many years. At the same time, we demand Vietnam to deliver just compensations for the damages inflicted on the population and various communities.”

“The VNHRN also expects freedom-loving and democratic governments and international human rights organizations to confront Vietnam with its bad-to-worse record on human rights,” it said, “and especially to prevent the Vietnamese government from tarnishing the reputation of the United Nations Human Rights Council when it abuses its Council membership.”

The 2013 Report, the group said, is the result of a cooperative work of the Vietnam Human Rights Network with a number of human rights activists inside Vietnam.

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