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Open Letter to Facebook on World Press Freedom Day 2019: Don’t Give in to Censorship in Vietnam

May 3, 2019 With over 64 million Facebook users and not a single independent newspaper in Vietnam, Facebook is where Vietnamese go “to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.” On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, we urge Facebook to abide by this aspiration of its mission statement. On January 1, a restrictive “cybersecurity” law went into effect in Vietnam but the desire of Vietnamese to stay connected and build community has not changed. The Vietnamese government may want foreign companies to set up local data servers, censor content, and turn over private user data — but it’s up to Facebook to ultimately decide whether it will uphold human rights or not. As a member of the Global Network Initiative, Facebook has committed to impl...

Statement: Destination Justice Welcomes Action Taken by the Authorities Over the Two Brothers Charged with Torture and Acts of Cruelty in Prey Veng Province

[metaslider id=5121] Destination Justice welcomes the decision of the Prey Veng Provincial Court on 30 August 2014, to charge two brothers with torture and acts of cruelty after they allegedly held a 14-year old boy’s head repeatedly in a container of water. The unnamed boy was suspected by the brothers of stealing four coconuts from their property. Destination Justice trusts that due process will be followed in the brothers’ case and it will be conducted in a fair and transparent manner. A day after the initial incident took place in Pea Reang district, Prey Veng province, the two brothers – Heng Vanny, 28, and Heng Dane, 34 – were arrested on 29 August 2014, after Heng Dane posted a picture of the punishment to his Facebook account. The picture portrayed the boy with his hand...