Monday, January 17, 2005

Spokesman denounces HRW report

A Vietnam Foreign Ministry spokesman denounced Human Rights Watch for its critical coverage of Vietnam in its annual report on worldwide human rights. According to the report, human rights conditions deteriorated in Vietnam over the last year, with increasing harassment and imprisonment of dissidents, crackdowns on unauthorized religious organizations and strict controls over internet usage. The spokesman claimed that Vietnamese enjoy freedom of speech, religious belief and expression; that no one is imprisoned for their religious beliefs, only for violating the law; and are free to use the internet, except that "any information that aims to cause insecurity, public disorder, racial discrimination, terrorism, moral degeneration and legal violations are banned in Vietnam." It has become customary for the Vietnamese foreign ministry to denounce any report critical of its human rights practices, even when contained within a worldwide report such as this one. (People's Police, Vietnam News Briefs, Jan 17; for the text of the HRW report on Vietnam click here).


At 1:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a member of Amnesty International in Cerdanyola/Sant Cugat (Barcelona-Spain) and we have as a conscience prisonner a vietnamese monk called Thich Thien Minh, lay name Huyn Van Ba. He is in prison since 1979,25 years, for his religious beliefs, he is a member of the Buddhist Unified Church. During 3 years we have been working for his liberation , sending letters to the government, and now we are trying that the governement include him in the next Special Amnesty who will be the 9th of February in the TET HOLIDAY, NEW YEAR.
That means in a 14th days!If some people read this and can help us with his influence could be nice. We don't have any photo of him, even any contact with his family or friends. If someone has more information about him , would be nice to share with us in this page.
Thank you .

At 1:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

our web in catalàn with the information of the monk Thich Thien Minh is

At 1:37 PM , Blogger Stephen Denney said...

Good news -- Thich Thien Minh will be released in the general amnesty for Vietnam's Lunar New Year (Tet), according to a government spokesperson. I will try to summarize the various reports on this matter later today.


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