Bach Ngoc Duong, Nguyen Khac Toan, Rado Tylecote, Luong Duy Phuong,
Nguyen Phuong Anh and Nguyen Van Dai.
 
FULL REPORT ATTACHED
The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission


September 10th, 2006 - 23.00 GMT: For Immediate Release
UK CONSERVATIVE PARTY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION CALLS ON VIETNAM TO CEASE INCREASINGLY SEVERE REPRESSION AND BEGIN PROCESS OF TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY

The UK’s Conservative Party Human Rights Commission today released a report from a recent visit to Vietnam, calling on the government of Vietnam to release all prisoners of conscience in the country and begin the process of transition to democracy.

The Commission also issued a statement of support for ‘Bloc 8406’, a growing organisation in the country’s democracy movement, in its struggle for human rights, freedom and democracy. Many of the activists in Bloc 8406 are in prison, under regimes of restricted movement, or subject to constant police harassment and regular arrest.

As detailed in the report, it appears to the Commission that the government of Vietnam has launched a new wave of repression to quell dissent before it hosts the APEC summit on November 16th. The government appears to have used the recent release of activists such as Mr Pham Hong Son to deflect attention from its worsening abuses, such as the apparent torturing to death of ethnic minority Christian Mr Y Ngo Adrong on July 13th this year.

Rado Tylecote, the author of the report, said: ‘Vietnam stands at the advent of a new chapter in its remarkable history. The vast majority of the Vietnamese people want a multi-party democracy that respects their rights as human beings. All those concerned for their welfare, and for human rights in general, should not allow the Vietnamese government’s deceit to continue. The process of transition to democracy should begin now’.

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For further information, please see the report at:
www.conservativehumanrights.com/news

NOTES TO EDITORS:

During his visit, Rado Tylecote visited dissidents in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Hue and Hanoi, including Nguyen Khac Toan, Nguyen Van Dai, Do Nam Hai, Phan Van Loi and Nguyen Van Ly. He has spoken about the trip on Radio Free Asia.

The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission is a body established by the Shadow Foreign Secretary in 2005 to highlight international human rights concerns, and to inform, advise and develop the party’s foreign policy by making human rights a priority. Freedom and human dignity should be at the heart of foreign policy. The Commission is chaired by Gary Streeter MP and human rights activist Benedict Rogers serves as Deputy Chairman. The Commission includes several Members of Parliament.

       
       

 

Rado Tylecote, Father Phan Van Loi
and Father Nguyen Van Ly

Nguyen Khac Toan, Luong Duy Phuong,
Nguyen Van Dai and Rado Tylecote