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Vietnamese Catholic blogger and activist on trial for criticizing Hanoi government
For more than six months Nguyen Huu Vinh and his assistant Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy have been held without formal charges. For the defense, the prosecution is "illegal." Pro human rights activists warn of little hope of seeing them free. If found guilty face up to seven years in prison.
Hanoi : thousands hold candlelight vigil for release of Catholic lawyer Le Quoc Quan
On October 2 the first hearing in the activist trial, accused of tax fraud . The faithful carry signs and banners asking the government for his release. Similar initiatives in Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh , his native diocese. During the months of captivity he was not allowed to meet family or lawyer.
Hanoi: activist blogger Nguyen Van Hai freed from prison and leaves country
The man, who was sentenced in 2012 to 12 years in prison for anti-government propaganda, was brought from his cell to the airport and boarded on a flight to the United States. His family was not notified of his release. Activists speak of expulsion and deportation. He was among the founders of the Club of Free Journalists.
Another Vietnamese Catholic human rights advocate on trial
Peter Pham Minh Hoang, professor at the University of Ho Chi Minh City is accused of activities aimed at overthrowing the government and of joining a democracy group. His arrest has caused concern and protests worldwide. Fears that the sentence has been decided before the start of the trial.
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