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Vietnam: Catholic activist Dau Van Duong free after three years in prison and beatings
He was convicted in 2012 for "propaganda against the state". He was severely beaten in his cell, risking death. The authorities confiscated his Bible, returning it only after a prolonged hunger strike. "I'm lucky to be alive," he says, and promises to continue to fight against injustice.
Vietnamese Catholic activist on hunger strike in protest against prison abuse
Maria Ta Phong Tan, who was sentenced in 2012 to 10 years for "anti-government propaganda", has refused food for three weeks. The woman denounces "mistreatment" of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in the Vietnamese prisons. Family members fear for her health. In the past, she was ridiculed by the other prisoners following her mother’s self-immolation.
Thousands sign petition for release of jailed Vietnamese Catholics
The non-partisan and apolitical initiative launched by family members and is divided into two groups, active in the north and south of the country. Among signatories, two bishops and a Buddhist religious leader, member of a group persecuted by Hanoi. The promoters speak of spurious sentence and illegal trial.
Two Vietnamese Catholics convicted of "anti-government" activities: "false accusations"
The two, a woman and a young man, are accused of distributing leaflets compiled by Fr. Van Ly, currently in prison, against the Communist Party. The priest denies knowing the woman. In fact, she was condemned for advocating the rights of the Church in Tam Toa (Vinh diocese).
HRW, Uzbek poet and dissident victim of abuse in prison
Yusuf Jumaev suffered abuse and beatings by prison guards. He is accused of "insult" and "resisting arrest". In reality, the motivations are political: he is a staunch critic of President Karimov and the fight for human rights in the country. In a poem he denounced the massacre in Andijan in 2005.
Released, immediately "disappeared": Buddhist monk and "rights defender" Sakhorn
Freed after a year in prison following a controversial sentence, he is being sequestered by authorities, Human Rights Watch accuses. Of Khmer Krom ethnicity, he has fought for the rights of his people, who are persecuted in Vietnam and Cambodia.
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