Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Rights group says religious freedom is under attack in Viet Nam

Pointing to the recent conviction and imprisonment of Vietnamese priest and democracy activist Nguyen Van Ly, Freedom House issued a statement saying the Vietnamese government is once again increasing it oppression of its citizens. In Freedom House's most recent ratings, Viet Nam was ranked as “Not Free” with a score of a 7 for political rights and a 5 on civil rights on a scale from 1 to 7 (1 being most the open and free and 7 being least.)

Freedom House noted some progress by the regime over the past year, but they now worry that Viet Nam is slipping back into its old ways after being admitted into the World Trade Organization and acquiring Permanent Normal Trade Relations status with the United States.

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