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DPA : Vietnam critical of human rights prize for Buddhist monk

    Ho Chi Minh City/Oslo, Nov 1, 2006 (dpa) – Communist-run Vietnam on Wednesday dismissed an international human rights prize for a leading monk of a banned Buddhist sect as “completely inappropriate,” state media reported. Thich Quang Do, 77, a pro-democracy activist and deputy patriarch of the Unified Buddhist …

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AFP : Vietnamese monk wins Norwegian prize for human rights

  Agence France Presse   OSLO, 21 September 2006 (AFP) – Thich Quang Do, a Vietnamese monk currently under house arrest, has been awarded the annual Norwegian Rafto human rights prize for his work in promoting democracy and freedom of expression. The 77-year-old monk, researcher and author had “devoted his …

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DPA : VN cyber-dissident to continue criticism

    Hanoi, 30 Aug 2006 (dpa) – Newly freed Vietnamese internet dissident Pham Hong Son vowed hours after his release Wednesday that he would continue to call for free elections in communist-ruled Vietnam despite remaining under house arrest. “I will speak and exchange opinions freely and openly,” Son, 37, …

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AFP : Vietnam must free all dissidents, watchdogs say

  Agence France Presse   HANOI, Aug 29, 2006 (AFP) – Human rights and press freedom watchdogs welcomed Tuesday the release of Vietnamese dissident Pham Hong Son, but asked the communist government to free other political and religious activists. Vietnam’s ministry of public security said Monday that Son, a businessman …

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