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Nguyen Van Dai, a Christian lawyer, detained for "propaganda against the state"
About 20 police officers broke into the dissident’s home and took him into custody before he could meet with European Union officials to discuss human rights. Searching for evidence, they seized his computers and Christian symbols. Jailed between 2007 to 2011, Dai was one of the first to sign a petition that called for an end to Vietnam’s one-party state. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
Bishop of Ban Me Thuot to renew the mission among the Montagnards
In an exclusive interview, Mgr Vincent Nguyen Van Ban, the newly-consecrated bishop of central Vietnam, talks about his episcopacy’s priorities: poverty, health care and minority rights. Traditional songs and readings in local languages enliven the ceremony.
Fr Nguyen Van Ly arrested in Huế
The priest was arrested after a building that is part of the Bishop’s Palace compound was searched. Known for his battles in favour of freedom of religion, he has already spent ten years in prison.
Thousands of Vietnamese, Christian and non, march for the release of Catholic lawyer
The Redemptorists in Hanoi and Saigon organize a candlelight vigil and pray for the release of Le Quoc Quan . Tomorrow the appeal process begins, concern over his state of health, physically weakened by two weeks of hunger strike. Hospitals in the capital refuse medical treatment to a Hmong Christian leader.
After 30 years Caritas is reborn in Vietnam
The government approves bishops’ request to use the name for their “charitable and social activities.” This will allow for a more unified approach at a national, diocesan and parish levels. However Caritas Internationalis does not get the go ahead.
Catholic lawyer and human rights advocate arrested
Paul Le Cong Dinh is charged with anti-state propaganda, distorting the country’s socio-economic policies, dividing the population and “colluding with domestic and foreign reactionaries to sabotage the Vietnamese state.”
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