Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Vietnam, US resume talks on human rights after three-year break

February 20, 2006

The US Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Barry Lowenkron, told reporters Monday that the US will continue dialogue with Vietnam on human rights issues following the latest bi-lateral talks between the two. These talks have touched on subjects such as jailing practices and religious freedom.

According to Agence France-Presse, Vietnam and the United States resumed meetings in Hanoi on human rights after a three-year break.
AFP reported:

"There is a recognition that changes are under way in Vietnam, with efforts to reform the legal code for example," Lowenkron said. "Certainly, the release of Nguyen Khac Toan was an event that was noted and appreciated in Washington."

"We also had a very good discussion on religious freedom, building on the progress already been made and pointing out some other areas that we want, that we hope the Vietnamese government could address," he said.


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