WHY VIET TAN
Modernizing Vietnam has been the aspiration of Vietnamese for many generations. In the 19th century, Vietnam lost its independence because it was unable to adapt to changing conditions. For much of the 20th century, the country was torn apart by war and did not enjoy true peace even after unification. Now in the 21st century, Vietnam has the potential of becoming an economic tiger but the Vietnamese people find themselves restrained by a backward dictatorship.
Viet Tan believes that comprehensive development is only possible when political institutions allow for the contributions of all citizens. A pluralistic society is the best way to realize social justice and human rights for all citizens. Therefore, it is Viet Tan’s mission to overcome dictatorship and build the foundation for a sustainable democracy.
To achieve a democratic transition for Vietnam, Viet Tan is committed to peaceful, nonviolent struggle. Working with other pro-democracy groups inside Vietnam and among the diaspora, we aim to mobilize the power of the people.
We are convinced that nonviolent means are most effective for generating maximum civic participation. Because Viet Tan’s ultimate goal is to contribute to Vietnam’s modernization and reform (or Canh Tan, the basis of our party’s name in Vietnamese), we reject the use of violence. Given Vietnam’s recent history and current challenges, the struggle to overcome dictatorship cannot lead to further divisions among compatriots or hamper efforts to rebuild the country.
We embrace a humanistic vision of Vietnam where each person is valued and has the opportunity to flourish. In short, Viet Tan seeks to unleash the talents and aspirations of the Vietnamese nation.
WHAT WE DO
Viet Tan engages in actions that empower the Vietnamese people. Specifically, we seek to roll back existing restrictions against two key human rights: freedom of expression and freedom of association and assembly. These enabling freedoms are the pillars for civil society.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Support Viet Tan’s current campaigns and let us know if you would like to participate in the next Viet Tan activity in your area.
Visit our website, join our mailing list and help spread information about our activities and the situation in Vietnam. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
We welcome new members and supporters who wish to contribute to the change they want to see in Vietnam.
WHO WE ARE
Viet Tan has members and supporters throughout Vietnam and among most Vietnamese communities overseas. Our members represent a cross-section of the country and the diaspora.
We are the university student in Hanoi, the blogger in Saigon, the doctor in Sydney, the engineer in California and the retiree in Paris. Our members include well-known prisoners of conscience and individuals who have sacrificed their lives for a free Vietnam.
Organized by chapters at the local level, Viet Tan is directed by a Central Committee led by Mr. Do Hoang Diem as chairman and Mr. Ly Thai Hung as general secretary.