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Cu Huy Ha Vu’s Appeal

Posted in Democracy Activists, Politics, Society with tags , , on August 2, 2011 by Ian Pham

One of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents, Cu Huy Ha Vu, was in court yesterday for his appeal trial. Once again, Mr. Ha Vu courageously reverberated his support for a multiparty state, despite persecution from the ruling Communist Party.  According to the New York Times, Mr. Ha Vu asked that the court dismiss his current case.  Ha Vu stated that his main objective was not to go against the Party.  Instead, Mr. Ha Vu wanted to promote multiparty democracy for Vietnam, so that healthy competition between parties can help to benefit the nation.

Though this is a perfectly viable argument, the Vietnamese government does not tolerate any opposition to their one-party rule.  Therefore, it does not look good for Mr. Ha Vu’s case.  The Communist government will likely continue to persecute Cu Huy Ha Vu, persisting that he was breaking the law in some way, using incoherent and often fabricated evidence to support their claims.  Many of Cu Huy Ha Vu’s supporters held signs and banners outside the courtroom, showing that they are behind Mr. Ha Vu in his fight for political reform.

The democracy movement in Vietnam might not be very strong right now, but there are many courageous and intelligent people waiting for their chance to lead this fight for freedom.  Cu Huy Ha Vu is a prime example of what we’re capable of when we find a cause worth fighting for.  Though the government tries to shut him down with all their might, it is clear that many people are on his side.  In order to rebuild the country, the people of Vietnam need to be free.  It is only a matter of time before this dream is realized.


One of Many Patriots: Cu Huy Ha Vu

Posted in Democracy Activists, Politics with tags , , , on April 10, 2011 by Ian Pham

There’s been an interesting development in Vietnamese politics, if you can even call it politics.  A prominent Communist Party associate, Mr. Cu Huy Ha Vu, has decided to express his disgust with the Party.  In an extremely courageous move, Cu Huy Ha Vu, a Vietnamese legal scholar, has condemned the corrupted and incompetent Communist Party, calling for multiparty democracy for the country, and criticizing the Party’s concessions to China.

Mr. Vu earned a law degree from his studies in Paris, now he runs a law firm with his wife in Hanoi.  Not afraid to speak out on sensitive subjects, Vu has criticized the corruption and unethical actions of the Communist leadership.  On two occasions, Mr. Vu has filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.  The first for approving the Chinese bauxite mining project, which has significantly damaged the central highlands of Vietnam, and the second for signing a decree that disallows class action lawsuits.

On many occasions, Vu has called the government out on their blatant violations of basic rights and freedoms like religion and expression.  Land grabbing, repression, and corruption are all strong points that he has raised against the Communist Party.  Religious practitioners have been under constant persecution from the government, something that Vu and his firm has tried to combat.  He’s a champion of bringing rights and freedoms to the people, and throws the competence of the Communists in question as well.

Vu is a well known individual in Vietnam’s political circles, with many connections to high-ranking Communist officials.  His parents were major players of North Vietnam during the civil war, playing prominent roles inside the government, having close personal connections with Ho Chi Minh himself.  For these reasons, it is a pretty big deal for him to be going against the Communist Party, as so many of his contacts and family are directly related to the Party itself.

As a result of the many threats that Cu Huy Ha Vu has posed to the Communist Party, they’ve sentenced him to seven years in prison.  There was no actual trial, as the courts have no real power and are just subordinates of the political bureau.  Mr Vu’s actions have drawn an enormous amount of pubic support, as many bloggers, writers, and religious practitioners have rallied to Mr. Vu’s cause.  It is said that even some Communist members have shown their support for Cu Huy Ha Vu, though that is something that requires more evidence.  He is a brave man, deserving of our full support.  Press on.