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Another Vietnamese Catholic human rights advocate on trial
Peter Pham Minh Hoang, professor at the University of Ho Chi Minh City is accused of activities aimed at overthrowing the government and of joining a democracy group. His arrest has caused concern and protests worldwide. Fears that the sentence has been decided before the start of the trial.
Hanoi : thousands hold candlelight vigil for release of Catholic lawyer Le Quoc Quan
On October 2 the first hearing in the activist trial, accused of tax fraud . The faithful carry signs and banners asking the government for his release. Similar initiatives in Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh , his native diocese. During the months of captivity he was not allowed to meet family or lawyer.
Cardinal Pham Minh Mân: Vietnamese Church is growing and wants society to grow
The archbishop of Saigon speaks of the increase of the faithful, priests and religious, which occurred in the last year in his diocese. Permission no longer needed for entrance to seminaries. "Generally," the government makes no objection on the names of future bishops, "if there are difficulties, the Vatican has had to overcome them."
Father Nguyen Van Ly arrested again
The priest, one of the founders of a movement for democracy that calls for an end to single party rule, is serving a sentence of 8 years in prison. He was released last year for serious health condition.
Hanoi: activist blogger Nguyen Van Hai freed from prison and leaves country
The man, who was sentenced in 2012 to 12 years in prison for anti-government propaganda, was brought from his cell to the airport and boarded on a flight to the United States. His family was not notified of his release. Activists speak of expulsion and deportation. He was among the founders of the Club of Free Journalists.
Trial against eight Catholics from Thai Ha begins December 5
The accusation is that they destroyed property and disturbed public order, but even the police left off the first charge initially. It refers to the toppling of a three-meter section of a wall, which the authorities then destroyed completely to create a public park.
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