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“Speak Up Now!” Campaign Kick-off Activity Letter Writing Initiative to Support Families of Detained Youth Activists in Vietnam

posted Sep 12, 2011, 11:53 PM by Len Duong   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 12:04 AM ]
September 13, 2011                                      
Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network, letter writers, and youth activists from all over the world are getting prepared to kick-off the “Phai Len Tieng - Speak Up Now!” Campaign by taking part in the Letter Writing Initiative.  
The Communist Government of Vietnam continues its efforts to silence all voices of conscience.  Since early August, at least 13 young patriots have been arrested by police officers and the Ministry of Public Security and held incommunicado without access to lawyers. 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.  As Vietnamese youth who value freedom, we oppose all acts of oppression and call for the immediate and unconditional release of these 13 youth activists.
With a multi-approach collaborative effort among many youth organizations worldwide, the Letter Writing Initiative can offer hope and send messages of solidarity directly to these youth activists and their families. 
How it works:
-  Visit to learn about the activists  
-  Adopt one, two, three or ALL of the activists (bios provided)
-  Draft your e-letter addressing it to the family members
-  You can send an email, scan a physical letter, or take a clear photo of the letter
-  Email your letter to 
-  Your e-letters will be posted on
-  Your e-letters will be distributed to the activists’ families
-  Our goal is to collect at least 300 letters by Human Rights Day on December 10th 
-  Organize letter writing events with friends, youth groups, and associates to do the same!

Thank you for participating in the Letter Writing Initiative. Let these young activists and their families know of your support of the brave activists and be a voice for the voiceless.  For more information or questions, please email us at

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.