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At the UN, Vietnam Committee on Human Rights denounces persecution of UBCV Buddhists and calls on UN Experts to visit Vietnam

GENEVA, 16 June 2017 (VCHR) – Speaking on behalf of Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l’Homme at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today, Mr. Võ Văn Ái, President of the Paris-based Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) denounced grave and consistent persecution of “non-recognised religions” in Vietnam, …

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Viet Nam: Immediately release prisoner of conscience Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh and end harassment of his family

PARIS, 1st June 2017 (VCHR) – The Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) supports the Joint Open Letter signed by 50 organizations and individuals calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Pastor Nguyễn Công Chính, a prisoner of conscience serving an 11-year prison term since 2011. The letter also …

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Buddhist Youth Leader Lê Công Cầu goes on hunger strike to protest ban on visiting critically-ill UBCV leader Thích Quảng Độ

PARIS, 15h May 2017 (VCHR) – The Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) strongly protests the inhumane attitude of the Vietnamese government regarding Most Venerable Thích Quảng Độ, 89 year-old Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV). According to reports received from the UBCV, Thích Quảng Độ, who …

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EPRID shares best practices at EP Conference on “How religious and belief communities reach out to each other in words and deeds”

PARIS 2 May 2017 (VCHR) – The Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) joined members of EPRID (European Platform on Religious Intolerance and Discrimination) at a conference at the European Parliament on the positive role religious and faith communities can play in promoting solidarity and peace. EPRID is a network …

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U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommends designating Vietnam as “Country of Particular Concern” for religious freedom violations

  PARIS, 27 April 2017 (VCHR) – The Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) welcomes the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom issued on Wednesday by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and its recommendation that Vietnam be designated as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) by …

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VCHR and EPRID urge EU to continue and strengthen the mandate of the EU Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief

    The European Platform against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID), a Brussels-based network of civil society religious and non-religious organisations working to mainstream freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) in EU policies and practices, sent an Open Letter today to leaders of the European Union urging them to continue …

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