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Catholic lawyer in jail on false charges prays and fasts before his trial
Hunger strike is increasingly becoming a tool of civic protest against prison conditions and illegal arrests. Le Quoc Quan goes to court on 9 July on 'tax evasion' charges. For activists, this is a ploy the authorities used to imprison him. Barred from his profession, he has continued the fight for rights on his blog.
Vietnam, arrested Catholic activist on hunger strike
Le Quoc Quan, well known lawyer and blogger has refused food for four days. His state of health unknown. Family and lawyers not allowed to see him. He is accused of tax evasion, the lastest government "ploy” to silence the voices of dissent in the country.
Vietnamese Catholic activist on hunger strike in protest against prison abuse
Maria Ta Phong Tan, who was sentenced in 2012 to 10 years for "anti-government propaganda", has refused food for three weeks. The woman denounces "mistreatment" of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in the Vietnamese prisons. Family members fear for her health. In the past, she was ridiculed by the other prisoners following her mother’s self-immolation.
Vietnamese Catholics and non-Catholics pray for civil rights and religious freedom
In recent weeks government repression has increased, with arrests and detentions for "propaganda against the State". At least 2,500 people, even non-Catholics, take part in a special mass in the former Saigon "for peace and justice"; a united movement in defence of human dignity.
Vietnam upholds 2-year jail term against blogger
The 50 year-old Duy Nhat Truong was charged with "abusing democratic freedoms." He had criticized the Prime Minister and the leader of the Communist Party. Court tried to block the activist and his lawyer defensive pleading. Hanoi against internal dissidence.
Hanoi frees two Catholic activists, four years in jail for "anti-government activities"
Tran Nhat Minh and Thai Van Dung are released from prison after serving the full terms of the sentence. In prison they were pressured to sign a "confession". Equality, justice and love are the basis of "progress" and "civilization" of a society.
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