“How can we help free Hanh?” VTHC Assistant Secretary asked jailed unionist’s mother

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Hanh’s mother, Mrs Tran, fled Vietnam soon after her daughter was given 7 years in 2010 for helping to organise a 2009 strike in a shoe factory by 11,000 workers. “IF I MUST… Continue reading

Citing trade negotiations, 11 US Congress members demand release of labor activists

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Below is the text of Freedom Now’s News Release dated 10th february 2014. Highlights are ours. http://www.freedom-now.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Letter-to-the-President-of-Vietnam-To-Release-Three-Imprisoned-Vietnamese-Prisoners-of-Conscience.pdf For Immediate Release: Members of Congress Call for the Release of Imprisoned Vietnamese Labor Activists February… Continue reading

Australian MP Chris Hayes: Government closely monitoring Do Thi Minh Hanh’s treatment

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Prisoner management and conditions [Read: labor rights advocate Hanh’s torture and denial of health care] was specifically raised at the..Human Rights Dialogue..in June this year

“Do Thi Minh Hanh, imprisoned for 7 years in 2010 for handing out leaflets demanding better pay, must be released immediately” – AI report

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“Viet Nam is fast turning into one of South East Asia’s largest prisons for human rights defenders and other activists” said Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International. For more details see 07 November 2013 report – Silenced Voices: Prisoners of Conscience in Viet Nam

13 union federations’ online petition on TPP

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The US’s AFL-CIO, Australia’s ACTU, Malaysia’s MTUC, the international union federation ITUC, and 9 other union federations have launched an online petition on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (trade) agreement. Please click here to sign it – Xin bam vao day de ky Khang Thu chong lai Thuong Uoc TPP.

(UPDATED 28/8/2013 with USTR position) Teamster raises Vietnam’s labor rights with US Trade Representative

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US transport workers’ union Teamster’s head James Hoffa raises the Hanoi regime’s use of forced child labor while negotiating the trade & investment pact TPP with the US and 10 other countries. UPDATE 28/8/2013: USTR Froman argued that TPP gives US “additional mechanism” to press for labor rights

Viet state-owned rubber companies ruin Cambodia’s and Laos’ forests- Global Witness

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Vietnam’s state-owned corporations, with state backing and international financing by IFC, have gained rights to some 200,000 hectares in Cambodia and Laos, where they are evicting peasants without compensation to build rubber plantations for exports.

World Bank, please be responsible: Human Rights Watch

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Vietnam’s so-called drug rehabilitation centres are state-owned profit centres. Some 309,000 inmates – including at least 11,000 children – have worked as forced laborers there. World Bank gives $35M and says it is not aware of forced labor

Media Release CPVW (24/7/2013) Forced child labor: Vietnam’s garments shunned by US federal departments

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    [CPVW protectVietworkers.com 24/7/2013] The US Department of Labor has listed Vietnam’s garment industry as using forced child labor. This means suppliers to US federal government bodies must not supply made-in-Vietnam garment… Continue reading

Malaysia arrests 12,434 prostitutes, Viets are 2nd highest

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Vietnamese nationals, at 3,456, make up the second highest, after 5,165 Chinese nationals arrested for prostitution. Among prostitutes are a number of workers thrown out by employers who owe them wages and who would not return their passports, forcing them into illegal activities