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Death Penalty: World’s biggest executioner China must come clean about ‘grotesque’ level of capital punishment

1,032 executions worldwide in 2016, down 37% from 2015 (1,634)        Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan join China as world’s top five executioners USA not among top five for first time since 2006, with lowest number of executions since 1991 China investigation discredits claims of openness Viet Nam state killing spree revealed   China's horrifying use of the death penalty remains one of the country’s deadly secrets, as the authorities continue to execute thousands of people each year, Amnesty International said in its 2016 global review of the death penalty published today.

Date:
11 April 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Women and Girls

Southeast Asia: As governments fail on human rights, women stand up

As the world marks International Women’s Day, Amnesty International recognizes the work of six distinguished women human rights activists who have faced harassment, threats, imprisonment, and violence for standing up for human rights in the region. “In Southeast Asia, there are few governments who can be proud of their human rights records, but there are countless women across the region who have braved great dangers to take a stand against injustice,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
7 March 2017
  • News
  • Viet Nam
  • Killings and Disappearances

Viet Nam: President Hollande must back one woman’s fight for justice

President Francois Hollande of France must confront Vietnamese authorities over their treatment of one women’s fight for justice when he visits the country this week, Amnesty International said today. Amnesty International calls on the French president to raise in particular the case of Ngô Thanh Kiều, a young man who died in police custody in Phú Yên province in 2012. Since his death, his sister Ngô Thị Tuyết and her family have undertaken a brave crusade for justice in the face of physical attacks, death threats and other forms of intimidation.

Date:
6 September 2016
  • News
  • Viet Nam
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Ending Torture of Prisoners of Conscience in Vietnam

Last week, Vũ Minh Khánh, the wife of jailed human rights lawyer Nguyễn Văn Đài, slipped quietly backed into Viet Nam after completing an advocacy tour of the US, Europe and Australia raising awareness of her husband’s imprisonment, and was promptly arrested at Ha Noi airport. The Vietnamese government does not take lightly efforts by citizens to raise awareness of the country’s troubling human rights record abroad.

Date:
12 July 2016
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Inside Viet Nam's secretive and torturous world of 'prisons within prisons'

A new report published by Amnesty International today casts a rare light on the torture and other harrowing treatment of prisoners of conscience locked up in Viet Nam’s secretive network of prisons and detention centres. Prisons within Prisons: Torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam details the ordeals endured by prisoners of conscience in one of the most closed countries in Asia, including prolonged periods of incommunicado detention and solitary confinement, enforced disappearances, the denial of medical treatment, and punitive prison transfers.

Date:
12 July 2016
  • News
  • South Korea
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Muhammad Ali: the world's 'greatest' conscientious objector

At Muhammad Ali’s funeral last week, one of the most moving tributes was delivered by the comedian and actor Billy Crystal. There were moments of levity, of course. “He was beautiful. He was the most perfect athlete you ever saw,” Crystal regaled the gathered mourners, “and those were his own words. ” But there were serious ones, too. At the height of his career, Ali declined to trade in his gloves for a gun and join the USA’s war in Vietnam.

Date:
14 June 2016
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Viet Nam: Shameful wave of arrests of activists as Obama visits

Vietnamese authorities must end their crackdown on peaceful protesters and release all prisoners of conscience, Amnesty International said today. As Viet Nam hosts US President Barack Obama on a three-day visit, the authorities have pressed ahead with their assault on the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly by arresting six peaceful activists and orchestrating a campaign of intimidation and harassment against dozens more.

Date:
23 May 2016
  • News
  • Viet Nam
  • Press Freedom

Viet Nam: Blogger and assistant detained for two years have committed no crime and must be freed

The trial and continuing detention of a blogger and his assistant who have already spent almost two years in jail is farcical and a blight on the country’s human rights record, said Amnesty International ahead of the opening hearing in Ha Noi tomorrow. The organization is calling for the immediate release of Nguyễn Hữu Vinh, founder of the popular blogsite Anh Ba Sàm, and his assistant Nguyễn Thị Minh Thúy who were arrested for “abusing democratic freedoms” in May 2014 in connection with political blogs which were critical of government policies.

Date:
22 March 2016
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Viet Nam: Arrest of human rights lawyer highlights spurious commitment to human rights

Authorities in Viet Nam must immediately and unconditionally release human rights lawyer Nguyễn Văn Đài, who has been detained on charges of “spreading propaganda against the state” shortly after the EU-Viet Nam Human Rights dialogue was held in the capital Ha Noi, Amnesty International said today. According to a statement by the Ministry of Public Security, Nguyễn Văn Đài was taken into police custody on Wednesday and charged under Article 88 of the Penal Code, which has frequently been used to imprison peaceful activists and human rights defenders.

Date:
16 December 2015
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Viet Nam: End wave of brutal attacks against human rights defenders

The Vietnamese authorities must put an end to a wave of vicious and violent attacks on human rights defenders and end the persistent impunity by ensuring those responsible are brought to justice, Amnesty International said. In the latest attack on Sunday 6 December, four activists – including prominent human rights lawyer and former prisoner of conscience Nguyễn Văn Đài – were abducted and beaten by a group of 20 men in plainclothes.

Date:
9 December 2015
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Southeast Asia: Refugee crisis and freedom of expression must be tackled at ASEAN Summit

Southeast Asian leaders meeting this week in Malaysia must urgently prioritize a coordinated plan to help the thousands of asylum seekers and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are forced to risk abuse and death at sea, said Amnesty International. Governments meeting at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur from 18-22 November cannot solely focus on economic development while there is a looming refugee crisis and an ongoing clampdown on freedom of expression in the region.

Date:
16 November 2015
  • News
  • Viet Nam
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Viet Nam: Freedom for all peaceful activists must follow blogger’s release

The release from prison of one of Viet Nam’s most high profile prisoners of conscience is a positive step, but authorities must now free the scores of other peaceful activists behind bars, said Amnesty International today. Nguyen Van Hai, better known by his pen name Dieu Cay (“peasant’s pipe”), was released from prison yesterday, having served four years of a 12-year prison sentence. Immediately after his release he was taken to the airport and put on a plane, eventually bound for the USA.

Date:
22 October 2014
  • News
  • Viet Nam
  • Detention

Viet Nam: Police beatings outside court amid crackdown on activism

The Vietnamese authorities must stop attacks on peaceful activists, Amnesty International said today after three human rights defenders were sentenced to jail and police beat and arrested their supporters. Women activists Bui Thi Minh Hang and Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, along with their male co-defendant Nguyen Van Minh, were handed between two and three-year jail terms on charges of "disturbing public order" at Dong Thap Provincial People's Court in Viet Nam.

Date:
26 August 2014
  • News
  • Viet Nam
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed

The early release in Viet Nam of several prisoners of conscience is welcome, but serves to highlight the situation of at least 70 others who remain jailed for peacefully expressing their opinions, Amnesty International said today. Nguyen Tien Trung, Vi Duc Hoi and Cu Huy Ha Vu have all been released over the past week. “We are delighted that these men are out of prison but they should never have been locked-up in the first place,” said Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia-Pacific Director.

Date:
14 April 2014
  • News
  • Viet Nam
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Death of activist Dinh Dang Dinh should be ‘wake-up call’ for Viet Nam

Amnesty International has paid tribute to Dinh Dang Dinh, the Vietnamese environmental activist, blogger and former prisoner of conscience, who has died aged 50. The activist was unjustly jailed in 2011 after starting a petition against a mining project and was diagnosed with cancer while in prison. The authorities only allowed Dinh Dang Dinh to be treated in hospital from January 2014, where he was kept under constant surveillance.

Date:
4 April 2014
  • News
  • Viet Nam
  • Detention

Viet Nam: Report documents how scores remain imprisoned for speaking out

The Vietnamese authorities must end their alarming crackdown on dissent and immediately put in place measures to protect activists from further harassment and imprisonment simply for exercising their rights, Amnesty International said in a new report today. Silenced Voices: Prisoners of Conscience in Viet Nam examines how laws and decrees are used to criminalize freedom of expression, both online and in the streets.

Date:
7 November 2013