» 04/17/2012, 00.00
Vietnamese government tries three bloggers for writing about strikes and justice
Nguyen Van Hai, Phan Thanh Hai and Ta Phong Tan are in the dock for "propaganda against the one-party Communist state". They posted their articles on the Free Journalist Club website, which they co-founded. Defence lawyers hold little hope for an acquittal. They could get up to 20 years in prison.
Further clamp down on web as third blogger arrested in less than a month
On 15 June, 30 year-old Dinh Nhat Uy charged with "abusing democratic freedoms." He faces up to seven years in prison. In May, his brother was sentenced to eight years for propaganda against the state. In less than a year 46 people arrested for activism on line or on the streets.
Phu Yen: 22 Vietnamese activists on trial for subversion
The accused, who are charged with violating Article 79 of the Penal Code, could get the death penalty. For the authorities, they conspired to overthrow the legitimate Communist government. The wife of the group's leader said that it comprises religious people involved in environmental, not political activities.
Thousands of Catholics and non-Catholics pray for rights and religious freedom
This year, Redemptorists will hold a special Mass on the last Sunday of each month. More than 2,000 people attended the first of such services yesterday in Ho Chi Minh City. During the function, the Buddhist mother of a detained young Catholic woman spoke at the event. The Vietnam Commission on Human Rights slams the internment in a mental hospital of a blogger.
Catholic lawyer in jail on false charges prays and fasts before his trial
Hunger strike is increasingly becoming a tool of civic protest against prison conditions and illegal arrests. Le Quoc Quan goes to court on 9 July on 'tax evasion' charges. For activists, this is a ploy the authorities used to imprison him. Barred from his profession, he has continued the fight for rights on his blog.
Peter Doan Van Vuon, anti-forced evictions hero, gets five years
Despite the convictions, the family's punishment was not as bad as expected. The men in fact got two to five years in prison whilst the women were handed down suspended sentences. Although blaming them for the bad "impact on social order", the judge decided to avoid a verdict that could fuel social tensions.
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