» 03/15/2012, 00.00
Hanoi jails eight Hmong Christians for "disturbing security"
State media attack the eight for promoting separatism, claim the court showed a "humanitarian" and "benevolent" side. Last May, the authorities cracked down hard causing bloodshed, including deaths. At the end of their prison terms, the accused will spend two years under house arrest.
Hero who fought forced evictions jailed and fined
In addition to a five-year sentence, Peter Doan Van Vuon will have to pay a fine of more than a thousand dollars. The courageous family man had filed a suit for material and moral damages demanding US$ 1.4 million in compensation, but the court rejected the defence arguments.
Hanoi: conviction of Catholic lawyer Le Quoc Quan upheld on appeal
He will remain in jail for 30 months and pay a US$ 57,000 fine for "tax evasion". The defendant's lawyer challenged the court, asking that his client be tried "for his activism," not on trumped-up charges. His family was not allowed to attend the trial. Outside the courthouse, more than a hundred people protested, calling for his release.
By attacking Catholics over Thai Ha, state media risk dividing Vietnamese
The newspapers deride the Hmong minority women who have taken part in the prayer vigils. But this risks creating opposition between Catholics and non-Catholics. Rumors of more arrests to come.
Persecutions and threats against Christians and Buddhists
Protestant pastors convicted of "attempted proselytising" in Bhutan
The two were sentenced for engaging in "unauthorised fundraising" and organising a meeting for the purpose of worship "without the necessary permits". The authorities repeatedly changed the charges during the trial. There is no substantial evidence of guilt. This story is but another example of religious freedom violation and persecution of the Christian minority.
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