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AFP : US pressed to seek rights improvements from Vietnam

WASHINGTON, 11 April 2013 (AFP) – Lawmakers and activists called Thursday for the United States to press Vietnam to free dissidents and allow greater religious freedom as the two nations hold talks on human rights. The two nations hold an annual dialogue Friday in Hanoi on Vietnam’s human rights record, …

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Radio Free Asia : US Diplomat Visits Restive Pagoda

    The visit to the Giac Minh Pagoda in central Vietnam’s Danang is an apparent move to highlight religious freedom. A suspected plainclothes policeman twists the arm of Thich Thanh Quang outside the Giac Minh Pagoda, Aug. 17, 2012 – Photo courtesy of IBIB A U.S. diplomat has made …

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Radio Free Asia : Jailed for Sensitive Songs

    Vietnam sentences two musicians to up to six years for “anti-state propaganda.” Police and security staff stand outside the Ho Chi Minh City courthouse, Sept, 24, 2012 (AFP) A court in Vietnam sent two prominent musicians to prison Tuesday for writing politically sensitive songs, drawing criticism from rights …

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AFP – Vietnam religious minorities face persecution says activist

GENEVA, 20 February 2012 (AFP) – Authorities in Vietnam deliberately persecute and discriminate against religious minorities, a Vietnamese human rights campaigner told the UN on Monday. “The indigenous Montagnards and the Hmongs are among the ethnic groups who have borne the brunt of the Vietnamese governments discriminatory policies,” Vo Van …

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