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Vietnam bans UBCV Buddhists in Hue, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Ba Ria Vung Tau, Tien Giang, Lam Dong from celebrating Buddha’s Birth – Thich Thien Hanh prepares to hold ceremony in Hue despite government ban

PARIS, 30th May 2007 (IBIB) – Whereas Buddhists around the world are preparing to celebrate the 2551st Anniversary of the Birth of Buddha, or Vesak, tomorrow, 31st May 2007, the Vietnamese authorities have banned the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) from celebrating this important Buddhist event and prohibited circulation …

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Vietnam pursues crack-down on religious and political dissent : UBCV Buddhists Le Cong Cau, Thich Chi Thang and Thich Thien Minh face arrest

PARIS, 19 March 2007 (IBIB) – As Vietnam pursues its crack-down on pro-democracy activists and human rights defenders, it is stepping up repression against the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV). l UBCV leaders in Hue sent an urgent appeal today to the International Buddhist Information Bureau reporting that 30 …

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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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Security Police forbid UBCV Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang to travel to Saigon for hospital visit – Nobel laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire nominates Thich Quang Do for 2007 Nobel Peace prize

The International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB) is informed by the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) that Security Police in Binh Dinh province have prohibited UBCV Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang from travelling to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for medical examinations at the Franco-Vietnamese hospital. In October 2006, the 87-year …

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Ho Chi Minh City Police City prohibit UBCV monks from receiving foreigners until APEC leaders leave Vietnam – Suspected of wanting to meet US President George W. Bush, Buddhist Nun Thich Nu Dam Thoa is arrested in Hanoi

PARIS, 19 November 2006 (IBIB) – The International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB) has received urgent information from Venerable Thich Vien Dinh, Vice-President and Secretary General of “Vien Hoa Dao”, the Executive Institute of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, and Superior monk of the Giac Hoa Pagoda, one of …

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