Monthly Archives: December 2013

Nghe An: police force beats up and arrests two soccer teams: No-U FC Hoang SA Hanoi and No-U FC Vinh

VRNs * Translated by Jasmine Tran (Danlambao) – (15.12.2013) – Nghe An – At 13:30 this afternoon, police force and security agents in both uniform and plainclothes prevented a friendly soccer game between the two teams No-U FC Hoang SA Hanoi and No-U FC Vinh. Security agents brutally assaulted the players and fans who were coming to support their teams on the soccer pitch of Nghe An Economic College .
Facebooker Luong Tam, Kim chi, Tay Nguyen, Mat Cuoi and their two friends, from Hanoi, all were viciously beaten up.
Facebooker Mặt Cười.
Facebooker Luong Tam said: “When everybody gathered at the soccer pitch, a man in casual clothes turned up and entered the pitch, asking us not to wear the top printed ‘Hoang Sa – Truong Sa belong to Vietnam’, as, according to him, these tops were politically implicating. But we objected to his demands, asking him how and what he defined as politics… When facebooker Mat Cuoi raised her camera to take their picture they pulled her hair and beat her up. They said we were not allowed to take pictures, but there was no signage in the place that forbade taking pictures. After that, they arrested Facebooker Mat Cuoi and took her to Ha Huy Tap Ward police station. As for myself, I was struck leaving a bump on my head, face swollen, and eyes bruised. Everybody went to the police station asking for the release of our friends but the police did not let them go.” 
Ms Kim Chi, sister-in-law of the prisoner of conscience Nguyen Dinh Cuong and who is 4 months pregnant, was there and let us know: “They told me – you are pregnant – then go home, do not stay there and say a word – then one of them grabbed and pulled my hair, another one hit me. I have scratches on my body, and my head hurt. They also grabbed Facebooker Mat Cuoi’s hair and brutally beat her up.”
“Playing a friendly soccer game between teams is a normal activity, but policeman and security had prevented us from doing so, and beat us up. They even beat the women. Our motorcycles were kept at the supervised motorcycle parking, but police came there, confiscated our motors and took them to the ward. They then asked us to show our registration papers and made us to go home to get the motorcycle papers and our driver’s licences. But what they did was very absurd, our motorcycles were sent in the supervised parking, though there was nothing illegal about it, the motors were taken. The way they acted was totally inhuman!” Kim Chi said, indignantly.
Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai commented: “This is the work of thugs, despite the law of Nghe An security authorities. Everybody should speak out about that.”
As VRNs has reported last night, 14/12, the NO-U FC Hoang Sa Hanoi team was arrested and detained at Dien Hong (Dien Chau) commune traffic police station 1.5 whilst on the way to Vinh to play the friendly game. At the station, the police confiscated all No-U uniforms and maps labelled “Hoang Sa and Truong Sa belong to Vietnam”.
Afterwards everybody managed to find transport to Vinh and stayed the night at Nguyen Thi Hoa’s home – village 4, Nghi Phu commune, Vinh city. Ms Hoa is the mother of the prisoner of conscience Nguyen Dinh Cuong. All the while, secret security officers continued to “guard” all night and all day.

Bloggers Prohibited to Exit the Country, Passports Seized

Following Vietnam’s entry into the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the 2014-2016 term, the Network of Vietnamese Bloggers issued an annoucement, saying, “the Network of Vietnamese Bloggers will participate in and contribute to upholding core values in promoting and protecting human rights and respecting provisions that Vietnam has voluntarily committed itself to.” (1)
What the Network has been and will be doing in the time to come include:
– publicly disseminating human rights documents of which Viet Nam is a signatory;
– assigning the Network’s delegates to UNHRC offices in particular and UN offices in general to report on human rights in Viet Nam and to submit petitions and requests for change, so that the Vietnamese people can truly enjoy universal human rights and establish Viet Nam’s credible member of UNHRC;
– conducting the official inauguration ceremony of the Network of Vietnamese Bloggers on December 10, 2013 to mark the International Human Rights Day established by the United Nations.
The Network has been implementing all of these commitments.
On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day of December 10, the Network organized social gatherings on human rights in Nha Trang, Saigon, and Hanoi. These gatherings were obstructed, and their attendants were assaulted by different forces of the Vietnamese governmennt who has just been elected as a member of the UNHRC. The Network has reported these developments in its recent “Full Report on Suppressions of Bloggers Celebrating International Human Rights Day.” (2)
Subsequently, the Network, however, has continued its commitments by sending some of its members, including Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh (aka. Mẹ Nấm), Nguyễn Thảo Chi, Đào Trang Loan (Hư Vô), Nguyễn Hoàng Vi (An Đỗ Nguyễn), and Châu Văn Thi to regional countries in an effort to seek support from international human rights organizations for promoting human rights in Vietnam.
Two bloggers, Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh and Nguyễn Hoàng Vi, left Vietnam while they were still in bad health condition as a result of the collective assault by plainclothes police and “the governmennt-organized masses” in Vi’s apartment on December 10, the International Human Rights Day.
All of the bloggers were stopped at the airport and prohibited from leaving the country. Nguyễn Hoàng Vi’s and Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh’s passports were confiscated. (3)
The Network of Vietnamese Bloggers holds the opinions that:
– All the activities undertaken by the Network’s members and other Vietnamese citizens are purely exercising fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international treaties to which the Vietnamese state is a signatory.
– The fact that the above-mentioned members of the Network go abroad does not at all affect national security, public order, public health or morals, or threaten others’ freedoms, and goes in accordance with other rights guaranteed by the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.
– The restriction of movement against Vietnamese citizens, especially those who are members of the Network of Vietnamese Bloggers, is a violation of Article 12 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, which stipulates that “Everyone lawfully within the territory of a State shall, within that territory, have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose his residence; Everyone shall be free to leave any country, including his own; The above-mentioned rights shall not be subject to any restrictions except those which are provided by law, are necessary to protect national security, public order (ordre public), public health or morals or the rights and freedoms of others, and are consistent with the other rights recognized in the present Covenant.”
– All the acts of oppression by the Vietnamese governmennt on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day and its subsequent restriction of movement against Vietnamese citizens run counter to the commitments made by the Vietnamese governmennt to the UNHRC in particular and to the international community in general.
Successive violations of human rights shortly after Vietnam was elected into the UNHRC for the 2014-2016 term have reaffirmed the missions that our Network is pursuing:
“As free citizens and with the understanding that Viet Nam’s membership of UNHRC means all the 90 millions Vietnamese people are members of the Council, the Network of Vietnamese Bloggers will participate in and contribute to upholding core values in promoting and protecting human rights and respecting provisions that Viet Nam has voluntarily committed itself to.”
We, the free citizens, will stride, no matter what acts of isolation, suppression or intimidation we may suffer from, to make contributions to the implementation of the commitments that the Vietnamese government has made to the international community on behalf of its people.
Fulfilling these commitments is not just the aspiration of the Network of Vietnamese Bloggers in protecting human rights but also the obligation of every citizen in defending the honour of the nation and people of Vietnam.