» 07/07/2008, 00.00
Nguyen Van Tranh
Government fears funeral of Thich Huyen Quang, Buddhist patriarch and hero of religious freedom
He headed the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, banned by the government. He passed away at the age of 87, half of which spent in prison, internal exile or under house arrest. For him religious freedom is also the basis of economic progress.
Police arrest important dissident monk
Thich Quang Do and another monk are taken away. No one knows why or their whereabouts. Religious activities have come under increasing repression in recent months.
Western diplomats meet Buddhist dissident
The British ambassador and an EU representative have managed to meet Thich Quang Do, the number two of Vietnam's Unified Buddhist Church.
Hanoi: Buddhist leader detained, placed under house arrest
The authorities detain Le Cong Cau, head of the Buddhist Youth Movement (BYM) of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), which is banned by the government. He was taken into custody at the airport, waiting to board a flight for Saigon. His papers and a computer were also seized. Activists accuse the authorities of gross violations of religious freedom.
Now Hanoi trying to pit Buddhists against Catholics
Deputy public security minister tries to sow divisions among religious groups by raising an old claim about the land where the cathedral, seminary and ex- apostolic delegation now stand, claiming that it was once home to a pagoda. However, a government publication said that the pagoda was once located five kilometres to the north of the disputed land and that it was destroyed in the 1400s.
Police attack pagoda of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam
The authorities want to take away the building in view of the international celebration of Vesak, the main Buddhist feast, which this year will be hosted in the country.
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