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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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The United Nations pronounces Thich Huyen Quang and Thich Quang Do victims of arbitrary detention and calls for their immediate release

PARIS, 6 July 2005 (VCHR) – A key United Nations’ monitoring body, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, has pronounced two of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents, the Patriarch of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) Thich Huyen Quang and his deputy, Venerable Thich Quang Do to be …

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At a Hearing in the US Congress during the visit of Vietnamese Premier Phan Van Khai : Vo Van Ai denounces “religions with socialist orientations” and calls for a National Referendum on Democracy in Vietnam

Testifying before the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives today, Mr. Vo Van Ai, President of Que Me : Action for Democracy in Vietnam and International Spokesman of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), gave evidence of the grave and systematic violations of human rights and …

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On the Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War, Vo Van Ai calls on the Community of Democracies in Santiago, Chile to support a democratic process in Vietnam

SANTIAGO, CHILE – Addressing the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies in Santiago, Chile from 28-30 April 2005, Vo Van Ai, President of the Vietnam Committee for Human Rights and Que Me : Action for Democracy in Vietnam, called on democratic governments around the world “to support a process …

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At the 61st Session of the UN Commission Human Rights : Vo Van Ai denounces Vietnam’s secret service GD2 and reveals a Communist Party instruction manual on religious repression

PALAIS DES NATIONS, GENEVA, 5 April 2005 (VCHR) – Speaking at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva today, Mr. Vo Van Ai, President of the Paris-based Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) and Vice-President of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) condemned the institutionalisation of State repression …

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