» 03/30/2007, 00.00
Catholic Priest, Fr. Nguyen Van Ly, condemned to 8 years in prison
Nguyen Van Tranh
4 other members of the Progression Party are condemned along with him. The Hanoi government arrests and suppresses dissidents and human rights campaigners.
Huê (AsiaNews) – A Vietnamese court has sentenced dissident Catholic priest Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly to eight years in prison for anti-government activities. Fr. Van Ly, has already spent 14 of the past 24 years in prison and has been under house arrest since February. 4 other people, 2 men and 2 women, were also sentenced to jail terms ranging from 6 months to 1 and a half years.
60 year old Fr. Van Ly, is accused of being a founding member of Bloc 8406, a pro-democracy movement launched last April. He is also a member of the Progression Party of Vietnam.
His fellow accused have all admitted to being members of this party. They are: Nguyen Phong, 32 and Nguyen Binh Thanh, 51, both from Huê; the women Le Thi Le Hang, 44 i, from Huê, and Hoang Thi Anh Dao, 21 from Gialai (montagnard).
The trial lasted a single day. Fr. Van Ly, in handcuffs, refused to stand up before the court, shouting, “Down with the Vietnamese Communist Party!”. As a result police officers covered his mouth and dragged him from the courts, to a room where a video link was set up with the trial.
In an unusually open gesture, authorities allowed the press to follow excerpts of the trail via video. However when Fr. Van Ly shouted, the link was cut.
Hanoi has long been attempting to promote an image of openness to the world, following its membership of the World Trade Organization. But its’ progress is limited, and the ban on parties and organizations opposed to the Communist’s political monopoly remains.
In recent months police have arrested democratic dissidents. Among these Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan, two human rights lawyers arrested on March 6th because they were found to be distributing material “dangerous to the State”.
No pardon for Father Ly on Vietnamese National Day
The head of the Hanoi government security states that the priest has not made progress in "reeducation". He was sentenced on charges of being behind a movement for democracy and of supporting illegal groups.
24/03/2016 09:32:00 VIETNAM
Hanoi: Catholic blogger sentenced to five years for "defamation of the Party"
Nguyen Huu Vinh was arrested in 2014 and charged with having "violated the state's interests." His assistant sentenced to three years in prison. Both say they are innocent. The "Ba Sam" blog published articles and essays against the Hanoi government, getting millions of views.
Hanoi authorities and police assault Catholic orphanage, a priest in a coma
The raid took place shortly after midnight on April 14. Structure devastated, children beaten, Fr. Nguyen Van Binh, who spoke out in defense of the young guests seriously injured,. He was admitted unconscious, then taken to the archdiocesan curia. The faithful denounce the latest violation of religious freedom.
Vietnamese priests who follow the Communist party elected to parliament. The faithful are angry.
The Election Commission has released the results of the 22 May general elections. Two priests will sit in the National Assembly, five more will take position at the provincial level. The decision, contrary to the directives of the bishops, undermines "the credibility of the Church." The youth are angry for the "scandal."
Hanoi, families of imprisoned Catholics appeal to religious leaders to pray for their release
Ten families in the province of Nghe An have written a letter to Catholic, Protestant and Buddhist leaders. They ask for help and prayer, to secure the release of their children "kidnapped" by police. Masses and vigils across the country for religious freedom in Vietnam. Reporters Without Borders and Redemptorists support the Catholic parents struggle.
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists
Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.
29/04/2016 NORTH KOREA- USA
26/04/2016 SYRIA - TURKEY
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.