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United States: Welcome support for civil society at UN but too few allies

(New York) - The United States has shown strong leadership and support for civil society space and the participation of non-governmental organisations at the United Nations, but had a disappointing lack of allies at the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), ISHR said today.

Of the 54 members of ECOSOC, only the US spoke out today in favour of the importance of civil society participation in the UN and to reject the politicised nature of ECOSOC's NGO Committee, which is responsible for assessing NGO applications to access the UN.

Reflection on the new term “Real Indigenous Peoples”

Reflection on the new term “Real Indigenous Peoples”

Vietnam's Religion Law - The 'Great National Unity' Requires a Great Big Bureaucracy


Vietnam's Religion Law - The 'Great National Unity' Requires a Great Big Bureaucracy

By Reg Reimer, World Watch Monitor On May 11, 2015

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is drafting a "Law on Belief and Religion," for passage in the National Assembly in 2016, and possibly this year. It is almost inevitable the new law will disappoint proponents of universal human rights.(1)

Sure, TPP Is 'Win-Win'... Unless You Care About Human Rights


Sure, TPP Is 'Win-Win'... Unless You Care About Human Rights

The Trans-Pacific Partnership won’t do much to improve the human rights situation in Asia.

By John Sifton
May 12, 2015

To hear the Obama Administration tell it, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a win-win and cure-all. It will create jobs in the U.S., improve labor and environmental protections, improve business transparency internationally, and help consummate a relationship with Asia that has until now been mostly an overture, the administration says.

U.S. rights envoy says Vietnam still lagging, cites trade pact risk

Martin Petty, Reuters

By Martin Petty

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam is showing progress on human rights but must signal stronger commitment to win over hesitant U.S. legislators who could complicate the country's accession to a lucrative Pacific trade pact, a top American official said on Monday.

Tom Malinowski said he had seen Vietnam show more restraint this year, with fewer political prisoners and no new dissident prosecutions, but gains were fragile and "very significant problems" remained.

Vietnam: Tight Control of Critics, Democracy Advocates in 2014 No Light at the End of the Tunnel for Activists

(New York, January 29, 2015) – The human rights situation in Vietnam in 2014 continued to be characterized by one-party rule, politically motivated convictions, lack of labor rights, widespread police abuse, and an escalating land crisis, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The Vietnamese government kept tight control over freedom of expression and association as bloggers, human rights defenders, labor and land rights activists, and religious and democracy advocates continued to face harassment, intimidation, physical assault, and imprisonment.

--News source: HRW @http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2015/country-chapters/vietnam

Citizens without a voice: Khmer-Krom people living in the Vietnamese legal system

Last month as I had casual conversations with a few villagers from Serei Oudum Village, Tual Ta Mok (Binh Phuoc) province, Kampuchea-Krom. I came to learn about a recent heartbroken story of a Khmer-Krom man being sent to prison because he did not understand the Vietnamese law. As the incident is conveyed to me, I shared them below and hope that your awareness could help bringing justice for voiceless Khmer-Krom people like him in Kampuchea-Krom.


Updates From Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concludes consideration of report of Viet Nam

11 November 2014

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today concluded its consideration of the combined fourth to sixth periodic report of Viet Nam on how that country implements the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Vietnamese Police and Border Guards Detained and Confiscated Personal Property of the Khmer-Krom

According to Radio Free Asia broadcasted in Vietnamese on November 6, 2014, the Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks filed an appeal to UNHCR in Cambodia and the Foreign Affair of the Cambodian government on November 3, 2014, urging for help to ask the Vietnamese government to return their confiscated personal property.

doCip updates (May/July 2014) summarizing EMRIP works of the 6th session

The doCip (INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ CENTRE FOR DOCUMENTATION, RESEARCH AND INFORMATION) published its May/July 2014 Updates that included all summaries of the recommendations forwarded by the 6th working EMRIP session.

KKF in conjunction with other indigenous people made important recommendation to the 6th session, in particular the recommendation for the EMRIP to continue emphasize the right of IP to participate in decision-making, for the respect of spiritual rights of IPs.

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