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Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet’s threats against Thich Quang Do and the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam are “unworthy of a civilized society”

PARIS, 11 September 2007 (IBIB) – The International Buddhist Information Bureau strongly protests the slanderous declaration made by Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet today in a meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese community in New Zealand. Visiting New Zealand from 10-12 September after attending the APEC Summit in Sydney, Australia, …

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Security forces surround Bao Quoc Pagoda in Hue –Thich Thien Hanh denounces plan to suppress the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam – US State Department official Michael Orona visits Thich Quang Do in Saigon

PARIS, 10 September 2007 (IBIB) – Widespread Police controls, surveillance and repression of Buddhists from the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) are intensifying as the government pursues its virulent media campaign launched 3 weeks ago against UBCV Deputy leader Venerable Thich Quang Do for supporting farmers and peasants …

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Top Security Official Tran Tu threatens UBCV in visit to Patriarch Huyen Quang – Vietnam plots to “abduct” UBCV Patriarch to Hanoi for State-sponsored Buddhist Congress in November 2007 – Police blockade UBCV Pagodas and summon UBCV Deputy leader Thich Quang Do for supporting “Victims of Injustice” in Vietnam

PARIS, 3rd September 2007 (IBIB) – According to urgent reports from the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) received today, Vietnam is stepping up repression against UBCV members and implementing a wide range of strategies to divide, undermine and ultimately suppress the outlawed UBCV. Since the UBCV launched its campaign …

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Vietnam: Security Police Arrest Buddhist Monk, 8 Others

HANOI, 25 Aug 2007 (AP) – Police have arrested a dissident Buddhist monk and eight other people, accusing them of planning illegal demonstrations against Vietnam’s communist government, state media reported Saturday (August 25th). Police arrested monk Thich Khong Tanh in Hanoi on Thursday (August 23rd), accusing his outlawed Unified Buddhist …

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Speaking out in public for the first time in 26 years: Thich Quang Do addresses farmers demonstrating in Ho Chi Minh City against power abuse and state appropriation of lands

“To solve these problems, we must work together for political pluralism, democracy and human rights, especially freedom of expression. There can be no justice under the one-Party state” PARIS, 17 July 2007 (IBIB) – At 10am (Vietnam time) this morning, the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, 79, Deputy leader of …

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European Parliament condemns crack-down on dissidents and calls on Europe to reassess its policy of cooperation with Vietnam

STRASBURG, 12th July 2007 (Vietnam Committee) – In its plenary session in Strasbourg today, the European Parliament adopted a “Resolution on Vietnam”, condemning repression against dissidents, religious persecution, the incompatibility of Vietnam’s legislation with international human rights laws, and the double game played by the Vietnamese authorities in regards to …

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