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Donor countries criticise Vietnam but keep on providing aid
Any reference to human rights violations are put aside in favour of economic growth.
18/11/2006 VIETNAM - APEC
APEC starts: free trade and North Korean threat are major issues
Expectation is rife in Hanoi about a proposal to set up a regional free trade zone. Vietnam wants to show the international community how efficient it is, organizing numerous meetings between leaders of the forum's 21 member states. Uncertainty prevails about whether a meeting will go ahead between the Chinese president and Canadian prime minister, an open critic of Beijing.
More than 4,000 families to lose homes in Phnom Penh in favour of developers
A real estate development in a lake in the Cambodian capital would see long-term residents pushed out of their homes. Lake dwellers discover their lack of land title means they cannot oppose the government. NGOs call on foreign donors to put pressure on the authorities to respect residentsâ€™ rights.
Street protest at government-donor meeting in Phnom Penh
Hundreds of activists and ordinary citizens protest against land grabs. Government and donors agree on development goals. More than 100 NGOs launch an appeal, asking that financial aid be used to improve human rights. They also call for reforms to the election law and legal system.
Nghe An: Vietnamese authorities release two Christian political prisoners
Nong Hung Anh and Ms Dang Ngoc Minh have spent three years in prison, convicted for their religious and social activism. Both were part of a group of 17 Christians arrested in 2011; some of them took part in anti-China demonstrations.
Vietnam, workers strike over wage levels frozen since 1999
"Low pay" the lowest in the region. The need to favour foreign investment prevailed over the needs of the workers. 900 strikes over a 10 year period.
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