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Friday, February 17, 2006

Vietnam News Update

US could soon normalize trade ties with Vietnam

February 17, 2006

Thanhnien News reported that the US Senate is willing to grant Permanent Normal Trade status to Vietnam before August this year, according to Montana Senator Max Baucus. Baucus made the remark during a presentation to Congress on US Trade Policy in 2006.
The report adds, “Congress is scheduled to discuss and fix a time for voting on the proposal sometime after the two governments complete negotiations on Vietnam’s accession to the WTO.”

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Grave concerns for health of imprisoned Internet writer Pham Hong Son

February 15, 2006

International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) reported this week on imprisoned internet publisher and dissident Pham Hong Son, who urgently needs medical attention.

According to IFEX:
“Son was arrested on 27 March 2002 and sentenced to thirteen years in prison and three years' house arrest. He was convicted on espionage charges for his pro-democracy activities, including using email to "translate and send anti-Party documents and anti-government documents" to colleagues abroad.”

The report added:

“According to reports, Son's health has been deteriorating since August 2004. Requests from his family for him to be given a medical examination to determine the nature of his illness have not been granted. His symptoms include coughing up blood. He is also believed to require an operation for a hernia.”

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Salesian Fathers help Daklak Central Highlanders

February 9, 2006

According to Asia News, The Salesian Fathers are helping women to get an education and are also developing a project to benefit the Central Highlanders in Vietnam.

Asia News reported:

“A group of Vietnamese Salesian Fathers have been involved for some time in a development project to benefit ethnic Montagnards in central Vietnam. Father Peter from the Da Lat Salesian community is in charge of the project. It involves primarily Hmong and Kho women from the village of K’rongo, 500 kilometres north of Ho Chi Minh City, which is located in the country’s central plateau, and area largely inhabited by tribal groups who are not ethnically Vietnamese. Their life in the forest tends to be very poor and in K’rongo, about a thousand people manage to survive on less than 50 cents US a day (four times below Vietnam’s rate of poverty). Local families tend to be big, averaging four to five children.”

The project includes Microenterprise in the form of weaving co-ops, as well as a sustainable farming initiative.

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