Reactionary portraits: Brotherhood for Democracy - A dangerous deformed child of civil society

03/08/2016

Vietnam’s security forces on April 4 detained Mai Van Tam when he arrived in the Hanoi-based Noi Bai International Airport from Bangkok where he illegally attended a meeting of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ASEAN People’s Forum (APF).
Vietnam officially had a delegation in the events, formed by the Vietnam Unions of Friendship Organizations (VUFO). During the meetings with participation of 38 delegations from East Asia, while the VUFO’s representatives expressed about Vietnam’s achievements on human rights, educations, healthcare and other Millennium Development Goals and raised issues related to the Mekong River and the territorial and maritime disputes in the East Sea (South China Sea) which connect to regional citizens’ livelihood. Mai Van Tam, self-claimed member from so-called civil society organization the Brotherhood of Democracy, tried to distort and slander on Vietnam’s human rights, religious and ethnic situations which harmed and caused bad reputation for Vietnam’s credibility in the region and the world. Is that a good thing a citizen would do for his country? And why did Tam do that? Let find out about Tam and his group “the Brotherhood for Democracy”.
In Vietnam now there are thousands of civil society groups (CSO). But as the Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang said, many CSOs have operated against the country’s interests and acted like reactionary groups. The Brotherhood for Democracy sadly falls into this case.
The Brotherhood of Democracy was established by human rights outlawed lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, who was arrested on December 16 last year, together with his assistant Ms. Le Thu Ha, charged with conducting anti-state propaganda under Article 88 of the Penal Code with maximum imprisonment of 20 years. It is his second time convicted for this crime.
The group wants to move away from what it calls individual- and petition-based approaches that have been taken so far to highlight the need to bring freedom to the country. Of course, both Dai and Pham Van Troi who was among the first to sign up for membership in the new group, also sentenced for four years by the same crime, said there was no need to seek permission from the Vietnamese authorities to register the group.
Dai said Brotherhood for Democracy would evolve based on online interaction through social utility groups like Facebook. "We created a connection between us without being controlled by the law of Vietnam and we don' t need to ask for permission. We only have to adhere to the rules set by Facebook, service providers, U.S. law and international law," he said.
So arrogant they are to violate the Vietnam’s laws like that! They operate in Vietnam but claim right of not abiding by the Vietnamese laws and call that human rights. Which country on earth would allow some rights like that! None.
The group as an outlawed bang has claimed to have hundreds of members across the nation. Nguyen Trung Truc has now played a role as leader of the group while Dai’s in prison. And other members of the bang include many notorious so-called activists like Nguyen Bac Truyen, Ly Quang Son, Pham Minh Vu, Do Tuan, Do Gia Long, Truong Dung,... They are all related to many activities of violating laws and causing chaos in the country.
Based on that it can be seen that how this group is for civil society movement in Vietnam. Mai Van Tam and his master Nguyen Van Dai, Nguyen Trung Truc just undermine Vietnam’s image in eyes of international community. If they are good citizens and patriots as self-claimed, they should rethink and give up what they have done wrongly./.
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