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Vietnam Committee welcomes the announced release of prisoners, but condemns “piecemeal amnesty” of religious and political dissidents in Vietnam

PARIS, 28 August 2006 – Vietnam’s Vice-Minister of Public Security has announced that 5,313 prisoners will be released on 2 September, Vietnam’s National Day, including two prisoners convicted of “national security” offences, one of “espionage” and one of “undermining the policy of national unity”. These prisoners reportedly include cyber-dissident Pham …

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Légende 1 Đại đức Thích Đạo Sơn phản cung và tố cáo trước tòa Légende 2 Bà mẹ liệt sỹ Nguyễn Thị Tám, cùng 5 Phật tử kêu oan cho Đại đức Thích Nguyên Kiên. Mẹ Tám cầm tấm biểu ngữ : “Người dân Việt Nam sống dưới chế độ …

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At the 1st Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva (19-30 June) : Vietnam Committee calls on new UN Human Rights Council to address gross human rights violations in Vietnam

GENEVA, 20th June 2006 – As the new United Nations Human Rights Council begins its first session in Geneva this week, Vo Van Ai, President of the Paris-based Vietnam Committee on Human Rights and Vice-President of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), wrote to UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan, the …

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Buddhist nun Thich Nu Thong Man is expelled from Dich Quang Pagoda for supporting the outlawed UBCV – Monk Thich Chon Tam is offered bribe to become an informer for the Communist Party

The International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB) has received urgent information that Security Police have expelled Buddhist nun Thich Nu Thong Man and all her novices from Dich Quang Pagoda in Ninh Hoa district in the central province of Khanh Hoa. Mr. Nguyen Van Ba, head of the local village authorities, …

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UBCV Buddhists are banned from celebrating Vesak in Vietnam

Thanks to concerted international pressure for improvements in religious freedom in Vietnam, including as Resolutions in the European Parliament and US Congress, the US State Department’s designation of Vietnam as a “Country of Particular Concern” and repeated interventions by the United Nations, and following 31 years of campaigns by the …

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As Buddhists in Vietnam celebrate the 2550th Vesak Anniversary : Vietnam harasses members of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam

As State-sponsored Buddhist organisations celebrate the 2550th Anniversary of the Vesak (Birth of Buddha) in Vietnam today (15th day of the 4th Lunar month, i.e. 12th May 2006), the authorities are tightening controls on the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. Security Police have stepped up harassment against members of …

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