Asia

VIETNAM 2019

Civil Society Training and Internship for Human Rights Activists

Human Rights

 $80,000

To strengthen the capacity of activists to support and defend human rights, free media, and civil society. The project will provide training on human rights and democracy to Vietnamese activists who want to play an important role in expanding space for civil society. The training will focus on such topics as democracy education, project development, and engagement with international and regional civil society organizations.

Mapping Human Rights Violations

Freedom of Information

 $60,000

To raise international awareness of human rights violations in Vietnam. The project will support an online English-language platform that will document and map incidents of human rights violations in an interactive database and track trends of persecution. It will also make available to the international community information on prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders at risk.

Promoting Critical Thinking through Independent Online Media

Freedom of Information

 $35,000

To support independent media and journalism. The organization will work to support freedom of the press and freedom of expression through the publication of an independent Vietnamese-language online newspaper that will provide objective, accurate current news, analysis and commentaries, and investigative articles. The organization will also produce a multimedia program summarizing major domestic news.

Strengthening Independent Civil Society

Human Rights

 $50,000

To strengthen the capacity of emerging human rights activists in Vietnam. The project will support Vietnam’s growing civil society by providing capacity building and technical assistance to a select number of key human rights and democracy activists to implement effective democracy and human rights initiatives. The project will also provide activists with training on physical and digital security.

Supporting Human Rights and Religious Freedom

Human Rights

 $50,000

To promote human rights and religious freedom. The organization will offer a variety of human rights training programs, including religious rights, to activists in Vietnam, and will document incidences of religious rights abuses. It will also provide opportunities for activists from different communities and organizations working on religious rights to network, build solidarity, and cooperate to strengthen efforts to promote religious freedom and human rights.

Supporting Independent Media and Journalism

Freedom of Information

 $60,000

To support independent media and journalism. The organization will publish objective, accurate news and information that is not available to the Vietnamese public through mainstream media, and will serve as a platform for independent journalists and political dissidents to exercise their freedom of speech by sharing their opinions and commentary on current affairs and developments relating to civil society and reform.

Supporting Religious Freedom and Civil Society Development

Human Rights

 $100,000

To build the capacity of civil society organizations and activists to support and defend human rights and foster regional and international support for civil society in Vietnam. The project will train religious freedom and civil society activists on human rights advocacy skills, project management, and community organizing, as well as build links between them and their counterparts in other Southeast Asian countries and internationally.

Supporting Rule of Law and Human Rights

Rule of Law

 $40,000

To support the rule of law and raise awareness about human rights in Vietnam. The organization will publish an independent online legal journal, which will cover a wide range of legal and human rights issues, such as information and analysis about existing laws, significant human rights cases, translations of case law from other countries, and international standards. The organization will also build an online library with foundational writings on the rule of law and its role in democratic development and will publish an English-language journal.

Supporting Rule of Law and Human Rights

Rule of Law

Supplement: $31,000

To support the rule of law and raise awareness about human rights in Vietnam. Project activities will include the publishing of an independent online legal journal, which will cover a wide range of topics, including information and analysis about existing laws, significant human rights cases, and translations of case law from other countries. The project will also build an online library with foundational writings on the rule of law and its role in democratic development and the publication of an online English-language journal.

Supporting Youth, Anticorruption, and Human Rights Advocacy

Human Rights

 $80,000

To support the development and strengthening of civil society organizations and build the capacity of human rights and democracy activists. The project will provide support to a variety of projects carried out by independent civil society groups and activists working on youth outreach, anticorruption, religious freedom, and legal and humanitarian assistance to human rights defenders in detention or in prison.

Supporting Youth, Anticorruption, and Human Rights Advocacy

Human Rights

Supplement: $12,000

To support the development and strengthening of civil society organizations and build the capacity of human rights and democracy activists. The project will provide support to a variety of projects carried out by independent civil society groups and activists working on youth outreach, anticorruption, religious freedom, and legal and humanitarian assistance to human rights defenders in detention or in prison.

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