Vietnam’s Boom Found Backfiring on Women

A month after a booming Vietnam joined the WTO, a U.N. committee flags violations of women’s rights, especially in rural areas. Democracy activists plan to broadcast the findings in underground media and lobby Vietnam’s trade partners. (WOMENSENEWS)–Vietnam, which joined the World Trade Organization in January and boasts a booming economy, …

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Vietnam denies Rafto Foundation Chairman permission to visit Vietnam

Mr. Arne Liljedahl Lynngård, Chairman of the Rafto Foundation in Bergen, Norway, has informed the Paris-based Vietnam Committee on Human Rights that the Vietnamese authorities have refused his request for a visa to visit Vietnam. On February 7, 2007, he received a letter from the Vietnamese Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, …

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In Hai Phong, Thich Man Thien withdraws from State-sponsored VBC and asks to join the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam – Repression of UBCV intensifies in Binh Dinh, Thua Thien-Hue, Dong Nai and Bac Lieu

l For the first time in northern Vietnam, a monk from the State-sponsored Vietnam Buddhist Church (VBC) has announced that he is leaving the VBC to join the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV). Venerable Thich Man Thien, secular name Nguyen Thanh Phong, told Vo Van Ai, Director of the International …

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