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Reuters : US adds Hanoi to list of nations abusing religion freedom

    By Christina Toh-Pantin HANOI, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Unsanctioned religious groups in Vietnam on Thursday welcomed Washington’s designation of Hanoi as an abuser of rights to worship, while U.S. businesses and non-governmental organisations expressed dismay. The State Department’s annual report tracking religious freedoms worldwide included the communist country …

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dpa : Vietnam slams U.S. religious freedom decision

    HANOI, Sept 16, 2004 (dpa) – Vietnam slammed the United States decision Thursday to designate the country as one of eight countries of particular concern in a religious freedom report. “It is a wrongful decision based on erroneous information and inaccurate reflection of Vietnam’s situation,” Vietnam’s press spokesman …

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The Nation : Getting Hanoi to loosen up

    Ban on media covering forum is a step back from Vietnam’s place on the global stage Vietnam has made impressive headway since the country opened up in the mid-1980s with its doi moi policy, or renovation process. It has joined Asean and other major economic groupings both in …

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dpa : ASEM Peoples Forum kicks off in Vietnams capital

    HANOI, Sept 6, 2004 (dpa) – The fifth ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) People’s Forum got underway in the Vietnamese capital Monday with over 800 delegates from Europe and Southeast Asia expected to attend. The forum was officially opened by Vietnams Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, who said he was …

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AP : U.S. ambassador meets with head of outlawed Vietnam church

    The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam met Wednesday with the patriarch of an outlawed Vietnamese Buddhist church who is under virtual house arrest, the embassy said. Ambassador Raymond Burghardt “met this morning with Thich Huyen Quang for an hour-long private conversation,” said embassy spokesman Tom Carmichael. He gave no …

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