Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Local Church and Vietnamese authorities dispute over school grounds

In the Vinh Hung village, in the city of Hue, Vietnam, the Vietnamese government has threatened to permanently confiscate a Catholic school, BosNewsLife reported on Friday. The school, which was established in the late 1930’s by the archdiocese of Hue, was taken over in 1975 by the Viet Cong and has remained under state control since.

While a local priest, Dominique Truong Van Quy, would like to reclaim control of the school, it is believed that local authorities unaffiliated are interested in destroying the current building and constructing a Communist-run school. Although the building sits on archdiocese land and is technically controlled by the archdiocese, it is thought that outside local parties are interested in maintaining control of the lucrative property.

Local members of the archdiocese have said that they will undertake any measures in order to secure ownership of the building. Recently, they sent a letter to the U.S. Embassy pleading for their assistance in this matter.

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