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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Viet Nam expels three foreign activists on ‘humanitarian visit’

Three political activists, all foreign citizens, have been expelled from Viet Nam, Intellasia reported Wednesday. According to the article, the Vietnamese newspaper Saigon Giai Phong said that the three were arrested on suspicion of “researching targets for terrorism.”

They had been trying to visit Nguyen Quoc Quan, a Vietnamese-American who has been jailed in Ho Chi Minh City since November for political activism and allegedly traveling with a false passport.

All three are ethnic Vietnamese and belong to the Viet Tan Party, a pro-democracy group based abroad. The organization said that the three activists had been attempting to deliver gifts of food and medicine to Quan as part of a “humanitarian visit” and had done nothing illegal.

Quan was among a group of six activists arrested on November 17 while holding a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City. A French citizen and another American were released in December.

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