Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Viet Nam rejects accusations of human rights abuse

The U.S. State Department’s criticism of Viet Nam in its annual human rights report has been rejected by the communist country’s government, Agence France-Presse reported on March 14.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung said that no one had been arrested for their political or religious views, and the report is based on based on “false and prejudiced information.”

“During the past years, Viet Nam has made great achievements in ensuring and developing its citizens freedom in all fields, including freedom of speech, freedom of press and freedom of information, which can be clearly seen through the strong development of means of communication, especially the Internet,” he said.

The report criticized the Vietnamese government’s ongoing crackdown on dissent, including the arrests of pro-democracy political activists and limitations upon freedom of religion, expression and assembly.

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