Ven. Thich Huyen Quang

Ven. Thich Quang Do


2017-06-16 | VCHR
At the UN, Vietnam Committee on Human Rights denounces persecution of UBCV Buddhists and calls on UN Experts to visit Vietnam

2017-05-29 | FIDH & Vietnam Committee on Human rights
Vietnam: Lengthy jail sentences for two dissidents upheld as crackdown continues

2017-05-15 | VCHR
Buddhist Youth Leader Lê Công Cầu goes on hunger strike to protest ban on visiting critically-ill UBCV leader Thích Quảng Độ

2017-05-12 | VCHR
Police threaten and harass UBCV Buddhists and Youth leaders during Vesak celebrations in Hue

2017-05-10 | IBIB
UBCV leader Thích Quảng Độ issues Vesak Day Message

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


PARIS, 27 March 2017 (VCHR) - 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 to leaders of the European Union urging them to continue and strengthen the mandate of the Special Envoy for the promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the European Union. The mandate was created in May 2016 and Dr Ján Figel (former European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth) was appointed as the first Special Envoy for a period of one year. VCHR has been a member of EPRID since its foundation in 2006.

EPRID members applauded the achievements made by Dr Figel during his short time in office and stressed that “in the current international climate of persecution and diminution of the basic freedoms of religion, belief and expression, the continuation of an informed and articulate voice on behalf of Europe is necessary”.

However, EPRID also expressed concern that the mandate’s true potential was weakened by lack of resources, limitations on institutional authority and the short period of its duration. Without swift measures to address these issues, they said, the mandate risked to fail, or “worse still, to lapse into window dressing and tokenism at a time when real action is required of the EU”.

EPRID’s Open Letter made several concrete recommendations to President Donald Tusk, President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Neven Mimica, and urged them to consider them seriously to strengthen the EU’s capacity to advance freedom of religion or belief.

EPRID’s letter was signed on behalf of its members (1) by the Board of Coordinators, Dr Susan Kerr (CSW), Penelope Faulkner (Quê Me-VCHR) and Christel Lamère Ngnambi (EEA).

(1) The European Platform on Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID) is a network of civil society organisations, including religious and non-religious associations operating at EU level. EPRID aims to contribute to the collective promotion and protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief in the world as defined by Article 18 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its members include: Association Internationale pour la Défense de la Liberté Religieuse; Bahá'í International Community; CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe; Christian Solidarity Worldwide; Conference of European Churches; European Evangelical Alliance; European Union Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Global Human Rights Defence; Human Rights Without Frontiers; Open Doors International; Quê Me: Vietnam Committee on Human Rights.

2016-04-27 | euobserver
EU sacrifices human rights for Vietnam free trade

2016-04-20 | Civicus
Intolerance of civil society in Vietnam: An interview with Penelope Faulkner from the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights

2015-11-19 | Radio Free Asia
[Radio Free Asia] Monk of Banned Buddhist Church Reaffirms Commitment to Democracy in Vietnam

2014-04-19 | The Wall Street Journal
The Death of Vietnam's Teacher Dinh
As Hanoi was opposing a U.N. human rights resolution, activist Dinh Dang Dinh died of medical neglect.
By Vo Van Ai

2014-02-05 | Reuters
West denounces repression of bloggers, religions in Vietnam

2013-04-11 | AFP
US pressed to seek rights improvements from Vietnam

2013-04-11 | Radio Free Asia
Call to Press Vietnam at Human Rights Dialogue

2012-11-29 | Radio Free Asia
New Law Limits Religious Freedom

2012-10-30 | Radio Free Asia
Jailed for Sensitive Songs

2012-10-30 | Radio Free Asia
US Diplomat Visits Restive Pagoda

2012-04-27 | The Wall Street Journal
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A judge reminds bloggers how Vietnamese “justice” really works

2012-02-20 | AFP
Vietnam religious minorities face persecution says activist

2012-02-16 | Reuters
Detained Vietnam monk supports Tibetans after self-immolations

2012-02-16 | ABC Radio
Detained Vietnamese monk supports Tibetan struggle

2011-01-27 | IPS
Communist Party Steps on Already Stifled Newspapers


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