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Vietnam Committee condemns crackdown on Tibetan Buddhist monks

PARIS, 15 March 2008 (VIETNAM COMMITTEE) – Quê Me: Action for Democracy in Vietnam and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights strongly condemns the Chinese government’s recent brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrations of Buddhist monks, nuns and lay-followers in Tibet, and calls for an urgent UN inquiry into the violence. …

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Vietnam Committee welcomes US State Department’s “closer to reality” appraisal of Human Rights Practices in Vietnam

PARIS, 12th March 2008 (VIETNAM COMMITTEE) – The US State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in 2007, released on Tuesday in Washington D.C., condemned Vietnam’s “unsatisfactory” human rights record in a 52-page overview of the legal and extra-legal barriers to citizens’ enjoyment of human rights in Vietnam. Describing …

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Hanoi seeks to impose a political funeral for Hoang Minh Chinh and prevent UBCV monks and pro-democracy activists from attending the event

PARIS, 13th February 2008 (Vietnam Committee on Human Rights) – According to reports from the family of Hoang Minh Chinh, who died last Thursday, Hanoi’s Institute of Marxist-Leninist Philosophy is seeking to take over the organisation of the late dissident’s funeral. The Institute, of which Hoang Minh Chinh was formerly …

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Interview with Stan Jolly, Co-ordinator of Amnesty International Group 65, Toronto, Canada on the Campaign for the release of Supreme Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang (Broadcast on Radio Free Asia, 31 January 2008)

Intro: Y Lan Penelope Faulkner: Amnesty International is a renowned international organisation devoted to promoting internationally recognised human rights and campaigning for the release of prisoners of conscience. It was founded in 1961 by three lawyers, Peter Berenson (UK), Sean McBride (Ireland) and Eric Baker (UK) firstly under the name …

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Supreme Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang of the UBCV sends Lunar New Year’s Greetings to Vietnamese Overseas and thanks Amnesty International for campaigning for his release in response to question by Y Lan Penelope Faulkner, Radio Free Asia

Y Lan Penelope Faulkner: Most Venerable Thich Huyen Quang, Supreme Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, could you tell me your impressions upon hearing about Amnesty International Group 65 in Canada’s campaign for your release ? On the eve of the Lunar New Year, could you bestow some words …

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As tensions rise over Chinese claims of sovereignty on the Paracel and Spratly islands: Buddhist dissident Thich Quang Do calls for democratic rights and freedoms to guarantee territorial integrity in Vietnam

PARIS, 28th December 2007 (IBIB) – In the wake of widespread demonstrations staged by students and young people outside Chinese Embassies in Hanoi and Saigon, and strong protests by the Vietnamese community overseas, the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, prominent dissident and Deputy leader of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church …

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