Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Rights group calls on Hanoi to free activist blogger

A media rights group on Thursday called for the release of an activist Vietnamese blogger arrested days before the Olympic torch relay passed through Ho Chi Minh City, Agence France-Presse reported the same day.

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the April 19 arrest of Nguyen Hoang Hai – who blogs under the pseudonym of Dieu Cay – on charges of tax fraud was politically motivated. “Tax fraud was just a pretext to prevent Dieu Cay from demonstrating when the Olympic torch went through Ho Chi Minh City and from criticizing the communist party online,” RSF said in a statement.

“Dieu Cay had posted articles on his blog about protests worldwide during the Olympic torch’s progress through various cities, along with articles critical of China’s policy on Tibet and the [disputed] Parcel and Spratly archipelagos,” the group added, noting that Cay “had called for demonstrations as the torch passed through Ho Chi Minh City.”

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