Supporting Civil Society and Building Capacity
To support the development and strengthening of civil society organizations and build the capacity of human rights and democracy activists. The organization will provide support for activities carried out by Vietnamese independent civil society groups and activists on religious freedom, anti-corruption, labor rights, and legal and humanitarian assistance to human rights defenders.
Citizen Participation and Inclusion
Strengthening the Capacity of Emerging Activists
To equip emerging activists with the knowledge and skills needed to defend human rights and civil society. Project activities include a capacity-building training program targeted at activists who seek opportunities to deepen skills and networks. Through an approach that combines lectures and discussions on democracy and human rights with hands-on activities and mentorship, emerging activists will gain knowledge, implement collaborative projects, and gain exposure to the broader civil society community. The organization will work through a local partner who has an extensive experience running training programs with a strong network across the country.
Equipping Activists with Human Rights and Religious Freedom Training
To strengthen the capacity of religious and ethnic minorities to defend against rights violations. The organization will conduct training programs for religious and ethnic minority communities on topics including freedom of religion, human rights documentation, and security. The organization will also support its partner communities to document and conduct advocacy on incidences of rights abuses, as well as network, build solidarity, and cooperate to promote religious freedom and human rights with activists from a broader human rights movement.
Supporting Rule of Law and Human Rights
To enhance availability and expand the space for independent news and journalism in Vietnam. The organization will provide independent news and analysis through a variety of online channels that cover the rule of law, democratic institutions, and human rights. In addition, the organization will provide an online training program for emerging independent journalists and support new media initiatives.
Strengthening Security Awareness in Activists
To enhance the knowledge of activists to understand digital and physical security trends and strengthen their capacity to address security concerns. The organization will conduct a pilot program to identify, analyze, and address the security tactics used by authorities to suppress activists. The organization will then utilize its research as a basis to create training materials for relevant stakeholders.