Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Vietnamese labor activist forced to flee to Cambodia

Dao Van Thuy, a member of the Vietnamese Independent Union, has been forced to take refuge in Cambodia, according to the Committee to Protect Vietnamese Workers.

Following a statement which criticized the government’s labor policies, Thuy received threats of incarceration and was fired from his position. Thuy sharply criticized the Vietnamese Communist Party for neglecting its responsibility to help the country’s workers. He noted that “state-owned enterprises’ exploitation of workers is much worse that at foreign-owned ones.”

In light of the ongoing crackdown against human rights and democracy activists, Thuy is currently in Cambodia seeking asylum status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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For more information on UNHCR, click here.

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