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Len Duong Launches “Speak Up Now!” Campaign for Detained Vietnamese Youth Activists

posted Sep 3, 2011, 3:40 PM by Len Duong   [ updated Sep 3, 2011, 3:47 PM ]
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August 30, 2011                                                                                             

Since early August, Vietnam Redemptorist News (Truyen Thong Dong Chua Cuu The) and other media outlets have reported on the alarming and arbitrary arrests of youth social activists by the Communist Government of Vietnam. These committed youth activists have participated in activities calling for social justice as well as protests against Chinese encroachment on Vietnamese territories. Several of these activists are prominent bloggers; most belong to the Vinh diocese of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.  

The Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network opposes all acts of oppression and persecution by the Hanoi regime. As such, Len Duong calls for the immediate and unconditional release of these 13 young patriots, including: Chu Manh Son, Dang Xuan Dieu, Dau Van Duong, Ho Duc Hoa, Ho Van Oanh, Nguyen Van Duyet, Nguyen Van Oai, Nguyen Xuan Anh, Nong Hung Anh, Paulus Le Van Son, Thai Van Dung, Tran Huu Duc, and Tran Minh Nhat. 

Among those arrested is Thai Van Dung, a recent attendee of the 6th International Vietnamese Youth Conference (DH6) held in the Philippines in August 2011. During the conference, the Organizing Committee was compelled to dismiss Dung because he had violated conference rules and regulations. Regardless of our decision, Len Duong denounces his arrest and is committed to lobbying for the immediate release for Dung and all other Vietnamese youth activists currently held in detention. 

As Vietnamese youth who value freedom, we cannot accept the human rights violations taking place in our homeland. Len Duong will launch the “Speak Up Now!” campaign to advocate for these young activists. We will endeavor to:
  • Lobby international governments and human rights organizations
  • Harness the power of social media and social networking to bring attention to the causes of these youth activists
  • Mobilize DH6 conference attendees and youth organizations around the world to partner with the Redemptorist Parish and Vietnamese pro-democracy organizations in advocating for basic rights in Vietnam 
Vietnamese youths, we must stand up and Speak Up Now!
Contact: Lilly Ngoc Hieu Nguyen

The Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network was founded in 1999 at our first conference in Melbourne, Australia by student and youth leaders with a passion for a better Vietnam. Since then, Len Duong continually strives to provide an engaging and collaborative environment for Vietnamese youths across the world to partake in dialogue and utilize their skills and knowledge to contribute to society. Len Duong is proud of our progress in providing a deeper understanding on Vietnam human rights issues as we continue to advocate for those who are disenfranchised.