A Short Summary about
the Vietnam Human Rights Network
By the 1990s, human rights violations in Vietnam continued unchecked, and it became apparent that a unified front of human rights activists was indispensable. In November 1997, an international consortium of Vietnamese human rights leaders and activists assembled in Santa Ana, California for the establishment of a coalition with the following goals:
· To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of human rights activities worldwide by facilitating the coordination of Vietnamese activists and organizations;
· To increase the general public’s awareness of human rights violations in Vietnam;
· To recruit nations, media outlets, and sister organizations to promote the improvement of human rights throughout the world.
To promote human rights, civil liberties and all other basic freedoms entitled to all Vietnamese citizens set forth by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent international human rights instruments.
The activities of VNHRN are aimed at three main goals:
Information and Education
ü Producing Human Rights Newsletter.
ü Establishing a website on the Internet to rapidly disseminate human rights news and activities http://www.vietnamhumanrights.net
ü Translating and publishing the International Human Rights Code, of documents and writings on human rights for dissemination both inside Vietnam and in the Diaspora.
ü Organizing human rights seminars and conferences in Montreal (Canada), Sydney (Australia), Munich (Germany), Paris (France), and several cities in the US.
ü Publishing Annual Human Rights Reports (since 2009).
Seeking International Support
ü Cooperating with several international and national human rights organizations.
ü Participating in the Vietnam Human Rights Day (May 11 every year) held annually at the U.S. Senate since 1998.
ü Meeting with both executive and legislative branches of a number of countries so as to seek support for human rights in Vietnam, such as a meeting held with U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney in the White House (on 29 May 2007), or one with Honorable Geoffrey Harris, Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the European Union (on 6 May 2008)…
ü Participating in several international conferences on human rights, such as the 2000 United Nations Millennium Forum in New York, the 2003 International Conference for Human Rights in Holland, the First World Forum for Democratization in Asia (Taipei, Taiwan, 2005), the Third International Conference on Human Rights Education in Cracow Poland, 2012…
Providing Support to Activists inside Vietnam
ü Establishing annual Vietnam Human Rights Awards and awarding them to outstanding human rights activists (since 2002).
ü Helping financially and for medical reasons those activists who run into difficulties.
REQUEST FOR SUPPORT
All organizations and individuals are welcome to join VNHRN in our struggle for human rights in Vietnam. VNHRN is recognized by the IRS as an organization exempt from taxation under Section 502(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please send checks to:
Vietnam Human Rights Network
8971 Colchester Ave
Westminster, CA 92683
or through Paypal
Westminster, CA 92683
VNHRN management for 2015-2017 listed below was selected and approved by
the 12th Congress:
President: Nguyen Ba Tung, DPA
Assistant to the President: Le Minh Nguyen, PhD
Truong Minh Tri, PhD; Mr. Doan Viet Trung; Ms. Quan My Lan; Nguyen Mau Trinh, Pharm.D.; Lawyer Doan Thanh Liem.:
Treasurer: Mr. Nguyen Quang Huy
Permanent Committee Members:
Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Anh, Mr. Nguyen Kim Binh, Dr. Nguyen Tien Canh, Mr. Tran Minh Cong, Mr. Doan The Cuong, Mr. Do Nhu Dien, Mr. Ton That Dzien, Ms. Nguyen Dung, Ms. Julie Hanh Nguyen, Mr. Ngo Van Hieu, Mr. Nguyen Chính Ket, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Lien, Mr. Nguyen Ba Loc, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, Mr. Huynh Luong Thien, Ms. Do Thi Thuan, Ms. Nguyen Ninh Thuan, Ms. Nguyen Khue Tu, Mr. Nguyen Quoc Tuan, Mr. Chu Ba Yen.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Chair: Nguyen Van Duc, MD
Members: Mr. Do Anh Tai and Mr. Cao Van Ho, Ph.D.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Lawyer Tran Thanh Hiep, Dr. Doan Viet Hoat, Fr. Nguyen Huu Le, Mr. Bui Xuan Quang, Dr. Nguyen Quoc Quan, Lawyer Nguyen Huu Thong, Prof. Nguyen Thanh Trang, Dr. Nguyen Van Tran, Lawyer Lam Le Trinh, Dr. Lam Thu Van, Ms. Jackie Bong Wright.