APPEAL FOR ENDOWMENT TO LEGAL ASSISTANCE FUND FOR VIETNAMESE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

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California, February 25th, 2014                                           When doves fly

APPEAL FOR ENDOWMENT TO LEGAL ASSISTANCE FUND FOR VIETNAMESE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

To all freedom loving individuals who are concerned about human rights and democracy movement in Vietnam,

The path to fight for human rights and democracy in Vietnam is getting wider every day.  There are more and more Vietnamese activists accepting hardships and personal sacrifices to be involved in a fight that will free Vietnam from being totally ruined by a totalitarian dictatorship regime.  They have to endure obstacles, losses, and pains mentally and physically.  But they involve with passion in their hearts, prides on their faces and the courage despite dirty tactics, imminent persecution and imprisonment from the government.

Their involvements need to be honoured, shared, and supported wholeheartedly so that they can feel accompanied, and stay focus on the challenging paths.   Recently the Vietnamese activists have been facing severe and more brutal persecution from the government with illegitimate strategies such as wrongful arrest, faulty accusations compounded by forced admittance of guilt, and astute inhumane prison terms.

We all know that Vietnam has joined many international treaties and conventions that call against the use of torture and persecution, respect freedom and democracy and many more standards that were adequately incorporated into the Constitution of the Republic Socialist of Vietnam.   However, reality truly gives a contrast social and political backdrop with continuous repression on pro-human rights people, imprisonment of patriotic voices, vicious tortures and assaults on people with opposing political views.   Vietnamese government’s security forces are becoming more aggressive in using thugs to brutally assault freedom and human rights defenders and dissidents.  The most recent cases of power abuses by Vietnamese government authority entails ambush with violent forces, wrongful arrest and unlawful detention of Mrs. Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, and Nguyen Van Minh.   In addition, Mr. Nguyen Van Thanh of Da Nang city has been regularly attacked by police disguised as gangsters.  Mrs. Huynh Thuc Vy’s family is under ongoing assaults, terrors and beatings.   Mr. Nguyen Bac Truyen and his wife were seriously injured on their way to Australian Embassy in Hanoi for a briefing on human right violations covered by Vietnamese government.

Witnessing such losses by the activists, we can sympathize with the sufferings and the burden that each one of them has to carry and also to the people of Vietnam.  Therefore, Vietnamese Political Prisoners Friendship Association (VPRPFA) joining with Women for Human Rights in Vietnam (WFHR), appeal for your endowment to Legal Assistance Fund for Vietnamese Human Rights Defenders.  These extraordinary men and women gave up their normal lives for the same dream and hope of a brighter, happier, and stronger Vietnam.   As responsible Vietnamese, we need to support them and share their burdens so that they can stay strong and focus in the fights against the ruthless persecutions from the totalitarian regime in Vietnam.

A lending hand and an open heart from each of us will accelerate our beloved country towards Freedom, Democracy, with all human rights fully respected.

Contributors in Vietnam may contact the Vietnamese Political Prisoners Friendship Association (VPRPFA) through their email address of:

tunhanchinhtrivatongiao@gmail.com.

 All corresponding outside of Vietnam should be address to:

 LANVY   TRAN

 Memo: “Legal Assistance Fund for Vietnamese Human Rights Defenders”

 Mailing address:

P.O. Box 504

Midway City, CA 92655

 If would like to use PayPal, please send it to:

 wfhrvn@gmx.us

 For other methods and concerns, please feel free to contact us at:

 contact@wfhrvn.com

 All financial activities can be viewed at Women for Human Rights in Vietnam’s Facebook page at:

 https://facebook.com/wfhrvn;

And/or our website at:                                    http://www.wfhrvn.org

Respectfully Yours,

Lanney Tran

Chairwoman of WFHR

CC: Vietnamese Political Prisoners Friendship Association (VPRPFA)

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