Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Norwegian MP told to leave Viet Nam

A Norwegian Member of Parliament was ordered to leave Viet Nam after using his visit to meet with human rights and democracy activists, Aftenposten reported Monday.

Peter Gitmark, who was in the country on a tourist visa, was questioned by security police before being asked to leave.

According to the article, Gitmark already had a ticket to leave the country the next day and was permitted to leave on his scheduled flight. “If I hadn’t been traveling on the first flight out, they surely would have kicked me out,” he said.

Gitmark claims that the families of Vietnamese refugees in Norway face discrimination due to their relatives’ advocacy for a free and democratic Viet Nam.

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