On this page, you will find a list of actions that you can take right now to help prisoners of conscience in Vietnam.
Time-Sensitive and Specific Actions
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Actions You Can Always Take
- Educate yourself and others:
- Watch videos from our Freedom of Expression Interview series or watch our documentary, The Repression of Cyber Dissidents, to learn more about Vietnamese activists and their stories.
- Stay informed with our Timeline and check out IFEX’s great compilation of news stories regarding Vietnam and freedom of expression.
- Stay engaged with the news, both in your country and internationally. You can follows us on Twitter @The88Project for news and updates. Join us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter.
- Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and share it with a friend.
- Use your personal connections to raise awareness for causes that you care about. Talk about your passions with the people around you.
- Remember that human rights are still, and will always be, relevant. Pick a right or two that resonate with you and think about how they apply to today’s world.
- Get involved:
- Get involved with us here at The 88 Project or with another organization– donate your time, money, or talents and knowledge. E-mail us at email@example.com for more information and opportunities to get involved.
- Use your talents– whether its filmmaking, crafting, cooking, event planning, photography, comedy, music, or sports– to make a difference. Start a blog. Take a trip. Fundraise. Host a party. Join forces with a local organization.
- Donate to The 88 Project.
- Contact people in power:
- Contact the Tim Lantos Human Rights Commission and ask them to intervene in the cases of unjustly imprisoned activists (@TLHumanRights or http://tlhrc.house.gov/contact.asp)
- 1) Tweet at the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.Suggested message: @State_DRL #TranHuynhDuyThuc, #MeNam, & others unfairly imprisoned. Call on #Vietnam to release them.2) Contact the United States Embassy in Vietnam and ask them to press for the release of prisoners of conscience:+84-4-3850-5000, 7 Lang Ha Street, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Suggested message: “I am concerned about the imprisonment of peaceful political activists in Vietnam, including Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, Me Nam, and others. Their imprisonment goes against international human rights agreements such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as Vietnam’s obligations as a member of the UN Human Rights Council. I urge you to press for the release of prisoners of conscience in Vietnam.”
3) Contact the President of Vietnam and let him know that you oppose the cruel treatment of prisoners and the detention of peaceful activists.
- Engage with US policymakers– through letters, phone calls, or social media– to show your support or disapproval for various laws or agreements and to let policymakers know that you care about human rights and prisoners in Vietnam