Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Viet Nam increases pressure on political dissidents

The Paris-based rights group Reporters Without Borders has voiced concern that the communist government in Viet Nam may arrest Nguyen Khac Toan, a supporter of dispossessed farmers, in the wake of heightened intimidation and media campaigns against him, Agence France Presse reported Wednesday.

A Hanoi court accused Toan of inciting farmers to demonstrate in the capital last month.

Increased government harassment has also been directed towards others, such as leaders of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), who allegedly supported the farmers’ protests.

According to the International Buddhist Information Bureau, another Paris-based rights group: “Security police have intensified threats, harassments, controls, surveillance and interrogations against UBCV members in Ho Chi Minh City.” The group also voiced concern that “given the intensity of this mounting pressure…arrests may be imminent.”

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