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URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY (Le Quoc Quan)

VNM 001 / 0113 / OBS 001 Incommunicado detention / Judicial harassment Viet Nam January 4, 2013 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the …

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The Most Venerable Thich Ho Giac has passed away

PARIS, 30.11.2012 (IBIB) – The International Buddhist Information Bureau is sad to announce that the Most Venerable Thich Ho Giac, Deputy Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) died at the Phap Luan Temple in Houston, Texas at 6.19am on Wednesday 5 December 2012 at the end of …

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Government Decree 92 tightens controls on religions in Vietnam

PARIS, 29 November 2012 (IBIB) –The International Buddhist Information Bureau is deeply disturbed by a new government decree that increases state control of religions and further undermines religious freedom in Vietnam. Decree 92 (full reference 92/2012/ND-CP) on “Directives and measures for implementing the Ordinance on beliefs and religion”, issued by …

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Imprisonment of musicians a new low for freedom of expression

  Paris-Bangkok, 2 November 2012. The trial and harsh sentencing of two musicians on charges of “anti-State propaganda” under Article 88 of the Penal Code is the latest example of Vietnam’s escalating assault on freedom of expression and its blatant violation of international human rights law, said the International Federation …

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