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Catholic activists in Nghe An get up to 13 years in prison
Three defendants are sentenced to 13 years in prison. The others get between three and eight. An appeal is made to the United Nations against the arbitrary conviction. US scholar says the situation for non-violent social and political activists is getting worse.
Fourteen Catholic activists could get the death penalty in Vietnam
They are accused of subversion for going online to expose corruption in the party and the government. Their trial is being held at a time of low media coverage to avoid criticism from the international community. Starting in September, PM Nguyen Tan Dung launched a campaign against activists and bloggers, which he reiterated on 17 December. Catholic Maria Ta Phong Tan is among those at risk. In 2012, 40 activists and bloggers have been convicted.
Vietnam, dissident Pham Thanh Nghien sentenced to 7 years
The writer, 32, was arrested in 2008. After a half-day trial, she was found guilty of "propaganda against the state". In the last three months, 14 dissidents convicted.
Ho Chi Minh City, sentences dissidents accused of subversion to five to 16 years
Among them Paul Le Cong Dinh, a 41 year-old Catholic lawyer. Additional penalty of house arrest. The trial was held between tight security. U.S. diplomat: verdict contrary to human rights obligations.
Hanoi's policy: eliminate Catholics
There is a fundamental lack of understanding on the part of the authorities of the very idea of religion behind the choice of oppression and discrimination as seen in the trial against the parishioners of Thai Ha.
Tens of thousands of Catholics in Vietnam support sentenced dissident
Cu Huy Ha Vu, a lawyer and activist, was sentenced to seven years in prison and a further three years of house arrest for having challenged the government on pollution of mines and single party rule. His trial was not public, as the government had promised. Prayer vigils for him in Hanoi, Saigon and other parts of the country. Catholic bloggers and activists arrested.
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