» 08/03/2011, 00.00
Hanoi: conviction of dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu upheld on appeal
Hundreds of people demonstrated for the activist’s release. For the judges he is guilty of propaganda against the state and the party : seven years in prison and three under house arrest. Crackdown on the communist regime to curb internal dissent. Catholics concerned about the conditions of Fr. Van Ly.
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 censors and patrols funeral of Catholic dissident’s mother
The elderly woman died after setting herself on fire to protest the unjust imprisonment of her daughter. The authorities want to stop and interrogate those who pay homage to the family. The trial of Mary Ta Phong Tan will open on August 7, she faces up to 20 years in prison for "propaganda against the state".
Fr. Nguyen Van Ly suffers a stroke in prison
The priest, a symbol of the struggle for religious freedom and democracy in Vietnam is semi-paralyzed, but can speak and responds to treatment. He was admitted to the military hospital in Hanoi and is being followed by the chief of cardiology. Family members report that he is "well treated" and "thanks" the doctors.
No end to authorities battle against religion in Vinh
Riot police and bulldozers to remove a statue of the Virgin from a Catholic cemetery, a priest and his parishioners reported to the police for bringing the author of threats to a priest to the station.
In Dong Chiem Catholics beaten, a journalist wounded and a priest threatened
Attacked by uniformed and plainclothes police, who took his camera, the reporter was abandoned unconscious and bleeding in the street. Solidarity of the bishops of North Vietnam for Father Van Lien, accused by authorities of inducing"the faithful to commit crimes."
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