Who: The Saigon Broadcasting Television Network (SBTN) in conjunction with the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA), and subsequently, MAUVSA
What: The ”Million Hearts, One Voice - Triệu Con Tim, Một Tiếng Nói” Petition Campaign, with the goal being 100,000 signatures
When: Now until right before International Human Rights Day (December 10th, 2012)
Why: The campaign will be raising awareness of the ongoing human rights violations in Vietnam with the UN and the international community, and will ask the international community to hold the Vietnamese authorities responsible and accountable for the well-being and the deprivation of liberty of the brave individuals.
How: To sign the petition, simply go to www.democracyforvietnam.ne
With the success of the “We, the People” campaign which petitioned for the stop of expansion of trade with Vietnam at the expense of human rights, the Saigon Broadcasting Television Network (SBTN) has now launched an international campaign: “Million Hearts, One Voice - Triệu Con Tim, Một Tiếng Nói.”
The new campaign is no different, except now, we will be raising awareness of the ongoing human rights violations with the UN and the international community. The petition is calling for the international community to hold the Vietnamese authorities responsible and accountable for the well-being and the deprivation of liberty of the brave individuals.
We need YOUR help to reach 100,000 signatures on the petition BEFORE International Human Rights Day on December 10th, 2012. On this day, SBTN will lobby and deliver the petition to the UN and many foreign ministries.
Signing the petition is very simple, with information and resources in both English and Vietnamese found at www.democracyforvietnam.net. It should only take 15-30 seconds to enter in the basic information for signing the petition. In addition to signing the petition, SBTN has written out easy instructions for those who also wish to make phone calls and send fax messages to the Vietnamese embassies directly:
CALL Vietnamese embassies all around the world, protesting and questioning the detention of Vietnam’s human rights defenders. Be persistent. Do this twice a week.
Calling tips: Be polite, friendly, and firm; ask why blogger Dieu Cay or democracy activist Nguyen Quoc Quan is being detained? What did they do wrong? Why is peaceful expression considered a crime in Vietnam?
Faxing tips: You can write your own message/letter or send a picture that expresses your opinion. You can also fax a statement from a human rights organization or a newspaper article detailing the human rights abuses in Vietnam.