As June drew to an end, good news came about the release of labor rights activist, Do Thi Minh Hanh. She and her colleagues, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung and Doan Huy Chuong, who remain in prison, were arrested in 2010 after organizing workers at a factory. Do Thi Minh Hanh served about half of her seven-year sentence. We hope that her colleagues receive their due justice and freedom as well.
However, as we celebrate Do Thi Minh Hanh’s announced release, we remember that blogger Truong Duy Nhat’s two-year sentence was upheld on June 26th.
US lawmakers recently discussed the issue of gross human rights violations in the Southeast Asian region, focusing on Vietnam, Cambodia, and Burma. Amnesty International’s article points to the joy of Do Thi Minh Hanh’s release as well as the challenges that Vietnamese activists still face.
Only July 4th, a day to revel in the freedoms of the United States of America, the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam was officially introduced to the world, reminding us that freedom of expression still does not exist for all.
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