Dear Friends, Victims & Supporters:
In November 2013, the Vietnamese government signed the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UN CAT). Vietnam’s National Assembly ratified this convention in February 2015.
This website is created as a joint project between United States-based BPSOS and Vietnam-based Vietnam - Coalition Against Torture with three purposes:
(1) To ensure full compliance of Vietnamese laws and policies with UN CAT;
(2) To educate the public about such national laws and policies, including their compliance and non-compliance with international laws;
(3) To document incidents of violations of international laws and advocate concerning governments for punishment of those who violated according to the law in those countries.
In situations of severe violations, documentation will be used to advocate for sanctions under existing laws of different governments. For example, Section 604 in the United States’ International Religious Freedom Act provides for the visa ban against government officials who committed egregious violations of freedom of religion; the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (S.284), which recently became law, stipulates that the U.S. government blocks properties of any foreign person who is responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals in any foreign country.
This website closely tracks developments in both the legislation process and law enforcement realities in Vietnam. It disseminates practical information and tips for common citizens as well as government officials to decisively push back the practice of torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Equally important, this website provides options for victims and witnesses to anonymously report incidents of torture with sufficient information for the verification of all allegations. Verified information will then be used to generate reports to the different UN Special Procedures and advocate for governments to sanction perpetrators.
We ask that you help introduce this website to your family members, neighbors, co-workers, friends and acquaintances
Vietnam - Coalition Against Toture