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Information about terrorist group “Viet Tan”

January, 01 2018
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On the basis of Vietnamese and international laws, the Ministry of Public Security hereby declares “Viet Tan” to be a terrorist group since it has apparently conducted terrorist activities against Vietnam and its people.

1. “Viet Tan” is known as “Vietnam Reform Revolutionary Party”

- The terrorist group’s headquarters at 2530 Berryessa Rd #234 San Jose CA 95132 - 2903, United States; Its second office based in Bangkok, Thailand.

- Propaganda agencies: “Khang chien” (Resistance) newspaper; “Vietnam khang chien” (Vietnam Resistance), and “Chan troi moi” (New horizon) radio stations.

- Ringleaders: Do Hoang Diem (born: 1963, nationality: American, Chairman of  Viet  Tan); Ly Thai Hung (born 1953, nationality: American, general secretary)

- History: In 1981, Hoang Co Minh, ex-Commodore of the old Saigon Administration, established an organization named the “National United Front for the Freedom of Vietnam (NUFLV), (hereinafter referred to as the “Front”). Under its principle, the organization undertakes to use all ways and means, including violence and terrorism, to sabotage the State and people of Vietnam. In 1982, Hoang Co Minh founded “New Vietnam Revolutionary Party” (Viet Tan), as the headquarters, leading all activities of the “Front”. The members of the “Front” are also members of “Viet Tan”.

- Terrorist activities:

After its establishment, “Viet Tan” recruited and trained its members to use weapons and explosives to conduct terrorist activities, acts of sabotage, kidnapping and assassination in the future. Later, it carried out operations named "Eastward 1", "Eastward 2" and "Eastward 3", sending 246 armed men from Thailand to Vietnam via Laos and Cambodia. These men, who had been tasked to set up “secret hideouts”, provoke unrests and riots, and wage terrorist activities in Vietnam, were prevented and captured by functional forces of Vietnam and Laos.

In Foreign countries, “Viet Tan” established "K9 assassin squad" led by key members with the aim of attacking and assassinating overseas Vietnamese journalists who try to disclose conspiracies and tricks used by Hoang Co Minh and his accomplices to deceive overseas Vietnamese. Their victims include Duong Trong Lam, editor of the “Cai dinh lang” (Communal House) newspaper in San Francisco, and Nguyen Dam Phong, founder of the "Freedom" newspaper in Houston.

Today, “Viet Tan” keeps recruiting, training and directing its members to infiltrate into Vietnam to provoke protests and riots, undermine security conduct assassination and kidnapping. It also aims to send Vietnamese people overseas for training or organize online training courses on methods and skills of terrorism and sabotage, spread their instructions on the internet on the methods to make “Molotov cocktail” for terror activities, assassinations or sabotages. The Vietnamese functional agencies have arrested and investigated of a number of members of “Viet Tan” who had committed crime of terrorism. These include Nguyen Quoc Quan, Nguyen Thi Thanh Van and Truong Leon.

2. “Viet Tan” is a terrorist organization, so all those who participate in the organization, propagandize, lure and incite others to participate in, sponsor or receive sponsorship from “Viet Tan”, attend training courses organized by “Viet Tan” or place themselves under the direction of “Viet Tan” will be viewed as accomplices of terrorism and terrorism sponsors and will be punnished under Vietnam’s laws.

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I. All organizations and individuals shall be required to freeze, seal and sequester without delay funds and other assets of terrorists or/and  terrorism financers that have been listed by the United Nations Security Council or/and the Vietnamese Government on the Web Portal of the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam, and to report without delay the case to the counter-terrorism force of Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security (Department of Homeland Security under Ministry of Public Security; Address: No. 15 Tran Binh Trong St., Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi; Phone number: 0692341269; email: groupckbqt@gmail.com).

II. Procedures for handling complaints from organizations and individuals regarding the inclusion in or removal from the list of organizations and individuals related to terrorism and terrorism financing:

1.    In Vietnam:

* Officer representing the Vietnam’s competent agency is responsible for guiding individuals and organizations to lodge complaints about their being on the terrorist list publicized on the Web Portal of the Ministry of Public Security:
- Full name: Lieutenant Colonel Dam Van Minh.
- Position: Officer of the Homeland Security Department under the Ministry of Public Security.
- Working address: No. 15, Tran Binh Trong St., Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi City.
- Working phone: +84692341269.
- Email: groupckbqt@gmail.com.

* Procedures for handling complaints from organizations and individuals about their being listed as terrorists or/and terrorism financers by the Ministry of Public Security on its web-portal at:
http://bocongan.gov.vn/TTHC/Pages/chi-tiet.aspx?itemID=539

* Organizations and individuals may initiate lawsuits against decisions on inclusion in or removal from the list of organizations and individuals related to terrorism and terrorism financing in accordance with Article 117 of the 2015 Law on Administrative Procedures of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam as follows:
“1. When instituting an administrative lawsuit, the claimant shall make a lawsuit petition in accordance with Article 118 of the Law.
2. Individuals with the full administrative procedure act capacity may make lawsuit petitions by themselves or ask others to do so for them. The items of the plaintiff’s name and address in a petition shall be filled with the individual’s full name and address. The individual shall give his/her signature or press his/her fingerprint on the bottom of the petition.
3. Lawful representatives of individuals who are minors, have lost their civil act capacity, have their civil act capacity restricted or meet difficulties in cognizing or controlling their acts may make lawsuit petitions by themselves or ask others to do so. The items of the plaintiff’s name and address in a petition shall be filled with the full name and address of the lawful representative of the claimant. The lawful representative shall give his/her signature or press his/her fingerprint on the bottom of the petition.
4. Individuals falling in the cases specified in Clauses 2 and 3 of this Article who are illiterate, have vision disability or are unable to make lawsuit petitions by themselves or to give their signatures or press their fingerprints on petitions may ask others to make lawsuit petitions to the witness of the claimant with the full administrative procedure act capacity who shall give signatures on these petitions.".

* Petition form is attached hereinafter.

2. Officer representing the Vietnamese competent agency responsible for receiving, supporting and handling complaints about the list of organizations and individuals designated to be associated with terrorism or terrorist financing by the UN Security Council:

* The Vietnam's Permanent Mission to the United Nations:
- Full name of the officer: Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Quyen.
- Job title: First Secretary.
- Work address: 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 428, New York NY 10044, USA.
- Phone: +12126440594.
- Email: info@vietnam-un.org.

* Ombudsperson to the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee:

https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/ombudsperson

The UN Security Council-issued list of terrorists

Provisional National Government of Vietnam

Viet Tan Terrorist Group