VIETNAM 2020

Civil Society Training and Internship for Human Rights Activists

Human Rights

$100,000

To strengthen the capacity of activists to support and defend human rights, free media, and civil society. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of activists to play a critical role in expanding space for civil society through a long-term training program on human rights and democracy, which includes project development and engagement with international and regional civil society organizations. 

Mapping Human Rights Violations

Freedom of Information

$90,000

To raise international awareness of human rights violations in Vietnam. The organization 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 serve as a resource for the international community on prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders at risk.

Promoting Critical Thinking Through Independent Online Media

Freedom of Information

Supplement$25,000

To support independent media and journalism. The organization will work to support press freedom 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

$55,000

To strengthen the capacity of emerging human rights activists in Vietnam. The project will support Vietnam’s 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.

Strengthening the Capacity of Emerging Activists

Human Rights

$12,000

To equip emerging activists with the knowledge and skills needed to defend and promote human rights, deepen network connections, and maintain the space for civil society. The project will aim to build the capacity of emerging activists through a pilot training program that will combine lectures and discussions on democracy and human rights with hands-on activities and mentorship. The project will also provide opportunities for emerging activists to network with seasoned activists and civil society organizations.

Supporting Civil Society and Building Capacity

Human Rights

$87,000

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

Supporting Human Rights and Religious Freedom

Human Rights

Supplement$58,000

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 civil society stakeholders to exercise their freedom of speech by sharing their opinions and commentary on current affairs, 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. The project will train religious freedom and civil society activists on human rights advocacy skills, project management, and community organizing. The project will also build links between religious freedom and civil society activists and their counterparts in other Southeast Asian countries and internationally.

Supporting Rule of Law and Human Rights

Rule of Law

$55,000

To support the rule of law and raise awareness about human rights activism in Vietnam. The organization will publish a Vietnamese-language independent online legal journal, which will cover a wide range of legal and human rights issues, such as up-to-date legal information and analysis, significant human rights cases, criminal justice, and international standards. The organization will also publish an English-language journal, and build an online library with foundational books and writings on the rule of law and its role in democratic development.