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Vo Van Ai calls on the U.S. to retain Vietnam on the list of religious freedom violators until Vietnam releases prisoners of conscience and legalizes the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam

Testifying on behalf of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) at a Congressional hearing on religious freedom in Vietnam on Wednesday October 26, Mr. Vo Van Ai, UBCV International Spokesman and Director of the International Buddhist Information Bureau, gave evidence of “continuing abuses of religious freedom against the outlawed …

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AFP : Diplomats meet Buddhist dissident in Vietnam

  Agence France Presse   HANOI, Oct 5 (AFP) – One of Vietnam’s most prominent religious dissidents Thich Quang Do urged the European Union to help improve human rights in the country, an EU diplomat said Wednesday. The deputy leader of the banned Unified Buddhist Church met British Ambassador to …

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AsiaNews : Western diplomats meet Buddhist dissident

The British ambassador and an EU representative have managed to meet Thich Quang Do, the number two of Vietnam’s Unified Buddhist Church. Hanoi (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Freedom in Vietnam “is like the picture of a sweet: it looks delicious on paper, but it cannot be eaten”, said Thich Quang Do. Second …

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EU and UK Ambassadors visit Thich Quang Do in Ho Chi Minh City – UBCV monk Thich Vien Phuong receives heavy fine for filming video message by Thich Quang Do to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva

Ambassador Robert Gordon, the British Ambassador to Vietnam and Ambassador David Milliot, Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, travelled from Hanoi to visit Venerable Thich Quang Do, Deputy leader of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) at the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery on Friday 30th September. This …

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On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War and the advent of Communist rule : The European Parliament holds Hearing on Cambodia-Laos and Vietnam

The European Parliament will hold a Hearing on Monday 12th September in Brussels to examine the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The hearing, organized by the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights commemorates the 30th anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War and the …

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Vietnam Committee welcomes the release of prisoners, but condemns Hanoi for “stealing the lives” of religious and political dissidents in Vietnam

PARIS, 31 August 2005 (VCHR) – The Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) welcomes the release of four prisoners of conscience in an Amnesty on Vietnam’s National Day (2 September), i.e. Mennonite Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang, Roman Catholic priest Nguyen Thien Phung (aka Nguyen Viet Huan, member of the Congregation …

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