Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Vietnam: Human Rights Advocate Is Released

Vietnam on Monday released one of its leading human rights advocates, the Rev. Nguyen Van Ly, from a prison near Hanoi after he spent three years, and suffered two strokes, in solitary confinement, his lawyer and sister said. Father Ly, a Catholic priest, was freed at 4 a.m. and taken in an ambulance to Hue, his hometown, said his sister, Nguyen Thi Hieu. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2007 for disseminating antigovernment propaganda. Father Ly accused Vietnamese officials of practicing “the law of the jungle.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/world/asia/16briefs-Vietnam.html?ref=asia

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