Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Donors ignore human rights violations, pledge more aid for Viet Nam in 2007

Last week, international donors pledged $4.4 billion in aid to a corrupt Vietnamese regime with an atrocious human rights record. The 2007 aid figures represent an increase of over $700 million from last year, according to AsiaNews.

Donors seeking to capitalize on Viet Nam’s growing prominence in the international marketplace looked past glaring concerns that have been underscored by recent events. Earlier this year, rampant government corruption was highlighted when it was discovered that Transport Ministry officials had embezzled millions of dollars for personal use. In November, Hanoi attempted to silence political prisoners released in anticipation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum by sanctioning threats and house arrests.

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