Delegates from Vietnam have completed a hectic trip that took them to Washington DC, New York, Geneva, and Australia, advocating for human rights to international delegations attending the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Vietnam’s records. Vietnamrightnow.com caught up with these delegates representing a segment of Vietnam’s independent civil society and heard their thoughts.

Plainsclothes police pelted an activist’s home in central Quang Nam province on Feb. 11 with large rocks of up to 15 cm-wide (6 in.), breaking the roof.

At a hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 16, a group of parents of Vietnamese prisoners of conscience speak out against human rights abuses and calling for the freedom of not just their children but all people held simply for peacefully exercising their rights.

Invited by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and other INGOs, a delegation advocating for human rights in Vietnam will visit the United States, Europe, and Australia starting from 12 January 2014.

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