» 04/04/2011, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Tens of thousands of Catholics in Vietnam support sentenced dissident
Cu Huy Ha Vu, a lawyer and activist, was sentenced to seven years in prison and a further three years of house arrest for having challenged the government on pollution of mines and single party rule. His trial was not public, as the government had promised. Prayer vigils for him in Hanoi, Saigon and other parts of the country. Catholic bloggers and activists arrested.
Dissident writer tried for violent hooliganism
She had wanted to participate in the trial of democratic activists, but was prevented by police and thugs. In the past three weeks the system has put 16 dissidents on trial. The party defends itself against those who "exploit" democracy and human rights to undermine "socialist society".
Prayer vigils "respond" to the arrests of Vietnamese Catholics
Soon after the sham trial against a non-Catholic lawyer, defender of human rights, and attacks against those who peacefully followed the debate, the authorities fear a united front that might arise between believers and dissidents.
Hanoi, families of imprisoned Catholics appeal to religious leaders to pray for their release
Ten families in the province of Nghe An have written a letter to Catholic, Protestant and Buddhist leaders. They ask for help and prayer, to secure the release of their children "kidnapped" by police. Masses and vigils across the country for religious freedom in Vietnam. Reporters Without Borders and Redemptorists support the Catholic parents struggle.
Vietnamese Buddhist dissident nominated for 2012 Nobel Peace Prize
The Venerable Thich Quảng Độ, patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (Cubv), is among the leaders of the struggle for human rights and religious freedom in the communist country. Still lives under house arrest in the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery. In recent months, he has challenged the government, inviting it to rid itself of "the Chinese vice".
Vietnamese Catholics persecuted by authorities ask for justice
The sisters of Vinh Long have announced that they will not protest the appropriation of their house, if the public authorities declare that government policy is aimed at uprooting religion, while the sentenced faithful of Thai Ha threaten legal action against the state media, which falsely reported on their trial.
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