Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh and Writer Tran Khai Thanh Thuy to receive 2009 Vietnam Human Rights Awards

VIETNAM HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK
Mạng Lưới NHân Quyền Việt Nam
14550 Magnolia Street, Suite 203, Westminster, CA 92683
Tel.: (714) 897-1950; Email: vnhrnet@vietnamhumanrights.net
http://www.vietnamhumanrights.net/

PRESS RELEASE
Nov. 1, 2009

PASTOR NGUYEN CONG CHINH AND WRITER TRAN KHAI THANH THUY
TO RECEIVE 2009 VIETNAM HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS.

(Your presence is requested. Kindly review the invitation at the end of this post)

Little Saigon 11/01/2009 – The Vietnam Human Rights Network (VHRN) announced today the selection of Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh and Writer Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, among 12 candidates nominated by 12 organizations and individuals in and out of Vietnam, for 2009 Vietnam Human Rights Awards (VHRA)

VHRA was founded in 2002 with the purpose of providing recognition and support to the works of outstanding human rights activists who have made significant contributions to the cause of human rights and civil rights of the Vietnamese people as stipulated in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other related international covenants. It is also an opportunity for the Vietnamese people around the world to demonstrate their solidarity with and support for those involved in this relentless fighting for basic rights and justice.

Since then, the VHRN has annually commended and presented the awards to the following outstanding human rights activists in Vietnam: Most Ven. Thich Quang Do, Fr. Nguyen Van Ly, Mr. Nguyen Vu Binh, Mr. Le Chi Quang, Dr. Pham Hong Son, Mr. Nguyen Khac Toan, Mr. Pham Que Duong, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, Mr. Le Quang Liem, Fr. Phan Van Loi, Ven. Thich Tue Sy, Mr. Do Nam Hai, Mr. Nguyen Chinh Ket, Mr. Hoang Minh Chinh, Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, Lawyer Le Thi Cong Nhan, Ven. Thich Thien Minh, Blogger Dieu Cay Nguyen Van Hai, and Tu Do Ngon Luan Magazine.

The VHRA includes a recognition plaque for each recipient and a total cash prize of 6,000 US dollars. This year, the VHRN cooperates with the National Congress of Vietnamese Americans in organizing the Award Presentation Ceremony at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, in Washington, DC at 2pm on December 10, 2009. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the celebration of the 61th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Co-sponsors of the event include: Vietnamese Community of DC-MD-VA, Boat People S.O.S. Committee, International Committee for Support of the Non-violent Movement in Vietnam, Vietnamese American Voters Association (VAVA), Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA), and Committee for Religious Freedom in Vietnam (CRFV)

Following are brief summaries of the award recipients' accomplishments:

1. Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, 43, born in Thua Thien – Hue, currently a resident of Pleiku-Gia Lai Province, Deputy Head of the Mennonite Church in Vietnam, chairman of Vietnamese People’s Christian Evangelical Fellowship, and superintendent of the Mennonite churches in the Central Highlands. He is also a member of the 8406 Bloc and of the Vietnamese Political and Religious Prisoners Friendship Association, and has been a human rights and religious freedom activist since 2001. Pastor Nguyen has lived closely to the ethnic community in the Central Highlands since he was 14 years of age; therefore, he is intimately familiar with those people, resulting in whenever his ethnic neighbors suffer religious oppression, he always stands up to protect them regardless of whatever risks his family and himself may encounter. He has experienced 298 forced interrogations by the police, 19 brutal beatings, 86 extraditions from his local residence, 2 impositions of confiscation orders, 4 murder attempts, and 6 detentions.
His family is currently isolated and all their civic freedoms are robbed by the communist government. His house is permanently kept under tight surveillance day and night by the police.


Paster Nguyen Cong Chinh


Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh being assaulted multi times by the Vietnamese Communist Government.


2. Writer Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, 49, a teacher from 1983 to 1992, and a novelist, with 15 books published in Vietnam and 6 others overseas. She has continuously and courageously voiced her opposition to the regime, fought for the victims of injustice, written reports to denounce the communist authorities’ evils. As a result, she kept being menacingly harassed and humiliated for years. On April 21, 2007, she was arrested allegedly for spreading ‘propaganda against the Socialist Republic state.’ She was held until being brought to a closed trial by a Hanoi People’s Court. No family members, supporters or reporters were permitted to attend. She was sentences 9 months and 10 days in prison while she was suffering diabetes, tuberculosis, and arthritis. She was released on January 31 2008, but continued to be surveilled, harassed, and threatened by stationed police and militia with different dirty tricks, particularly after she had published two books overseas and a number of political essays advocating for the victims of injustice in Thai Ha, Hung Yen.


Writer Tran Khai Thanh Thuy

Recently, on October 8 2009, undercover police ruthlessly attacked her and her husband at her home then arrested her and accused her for assaulting and “intentionally causing injury”.


Writer Tran Khai Thanh Thuy was assaulted by the Vietnamese Communist Government

Ms Tran Khai Thanh Thuy was awarded the Hellmann/Hammett prize by Human Rights Watch and invited to be a member of the International Pen Club in 2007.

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VIETNAM HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS INVITE

THE VIETNAM HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK
&
THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS


Request The honor of Your Presence at the Vietnam Human Rights Awards Ceremony
to be held at

The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
On Thursday, December 10, 2009
(International Human Rights Day)
from 2 to 4 pm


Your Presence will not only honor this year’s
Awardees known for their activism
but also lend your support to the Cause of Freedom
and Human Rights in Vietnam.

R.S.V.P. Nguyen Ngoc Bich (703) 971-9178
Jackie Bong Wright (703) 989-1149

THƯ MỜI THAM DỰ LỄ TRAO GIẢI NHÂN QUYỀN VIỆT NAM NĂM 2009

Mạng Lưới Nhân Quyền Việt và Nghị Hội Người Việt với sự cộng tác của nhiều đoàn thể sẽ tổ chức Lễ Trao Giải Nhân Quyền Việt Nam Năm 2009 cho hai nhà tranh đấu nhân quyền ở trong nước là Mục Sư Nguyễn Công Chính và Nhà Văn Trần Khải Thanh Thủy, lúc 2 giờ ngày 10 tháng 12, 2009 tại Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 2001, đúng vào ngày kỷ niệm 61 năm Liên Hiệp Quốc công bố Bản Tuyên Ngôn Quốc Tế Nhân Quyền.

Ban Tổ Chức thiết tha kính mời đồng hương cư ngụ tại Washington DC và vùng phụ cận đến tham dự để bày tỏ quyết tâm hỗ trợ cuộc đấu tranh chính nghĩa và gian nguy của đồng bào quốc nội. Có xe bus đưa đón tai Eden Center khởi hành đúng 12 giờ 30 ngày thứ Năm, 10 tháng 12. Có ăn trưa nhẹ trên xe.

Điện thoại liên lạc: Bà Jackie Bông (703) 989-1149

Trân trọng kính mời

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Background on The Vietnam Human Rights Awards

Since 2002, the Vietnam Human Rights Network (VNHRN) has
presented annual Awards to selected human rights and/or
democracy activists in Vietnam who have made their mark in the
inexorable march towards freedom, human rights and democracy
of the Vietnamese people.

So far, these Vietnam Human Rights Awards have gone to a
constellation of names easily recognized around the world:

2002: The Most Ven. Thich Quang Do and Fr. Thaddeus Nguyen
Van Ly
2003: Messrs. Nguyen Vu Binh, Le Chi Quang, Nguyen Khac
Toan, and Dr. Pham Hong Son
2004: Mr. Pham Que Duong and Dr. Nguyen Dan Que
2005: Mr. Le Quang Liem, Fr. Peter Phan Van Loi, and Ven.
Thich Tue Sy
2006: Messrs. Do Nam Hai and Nguyen Chinh Ket
2007: Prof. Hoang Minh Chinh, Atty. Nguyen Van Dai, and Atty.
Le Thi Cong Nhan
2008: Ven. Thich Thien Minh, Blogger “Dieu Cay” Nguyen Van
Hai, and Tu Do Ngon Luan Magazine
2009: Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, Writer Tran Khai Thanh Thuy

These are modern-day heroes to the Vietnamese people who are
ever mindful of those among us who give of themselves without
ever asking for anything in return.

This year, VNHRN is proud to present in Washington, DC, the
2009 Vietnam Human Rights Awards to its more than deserving

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