Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Pro-democracy activists to be tried for terrorism in Viet Nam

Three men are to be tried on charges of terrorism six months after being arrested with leaflets promoting peaceful democratic change, Reuters reported Thursday.

The three – one U.S., one Thai, and one Vietnamese citizen – are members of the Viet Tan, an exiled pro-democracy reform party operating from the U.S.

According to the article, “The ruling Communist Party rejects calls for a multi-party system and last year it arrested more than 30 political activists, diplomats and human rights groups said. Some were put on trial for ‘spreading propaganda against the state,’ a criminal offense in Vietnam and handed prison sentences of between three years and eight years.”

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