Catholic mothers face enormous pressure to abort baby girls

April 16, 2013

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Gender selection is banned by law but enforcement is limited

Three years ago, Hoai Anh terminated her 14-week-old pregnancy after an ultrasound scan showed the baby would be a girl. “I feel thoroughly miserable for having taken away my child’s life. If my parents had also had gender-selective abortion, I would not exist,” the Catholic woman said, in tears. Pale and thin, she says she […]

Vietnam: Rights Dialogue Should Produce Concrete Steps

April 16, 2013

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Police detained Nguyen Tri Dung and his mother to prevent them from attending the trial of three prominent bloggers, including his father Nguyen Van Hai on September 24, 2012. After the court sentenced the bloggers, police stripped Dung's t-shirt which featured the slogan: Freedom for Patriots.
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Washington, DC – The Vietnamese government should use the opportunity of the upcoming US-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue to release political prisoners and make commitments to end the persecution of bloggers, land rights activists, and other peaceful critics, Human Rights Watch said today. The 17th US-Vietnam Human Rights dialogue will take place in Hanoi beginning on April […]

Posted in: Human Rights, Politics

Vietnamese Dissidents Attacked by Police-Linked Thugs

April 16, 2013

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Nguyen Chi Duc displays his wounded face following an ambush by unidentified assailants, April 9, 2013.
 Photo courtesy of Blog Teu

Unidentified assailants believed to be connected to the police on Tuesday ambushed and severely beat a Vietnamese dissident a day after he tried to shield a prominent woman land rights activist from harassment and attack by suspected government agents, according to the victims. Five or six men appeared suddenly from a bush and beat dissident […]

Posted in: Human Rights, Politics

Vietnamese Blogger’s Home Targeted with Rank Liquid

April 16, 2013

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Foul-smelling water coats the floor of the Huynh family home in Quang Nam province, April 4, 2013. Credit: VCHR

A prominent blogger said Monday that he and his family in central Vietnam have been victimized by what he believes are agents hired by local security forces to threaten him over his online criticism against the state. The once-imprisoned Huynh Ngoc Tuan, 50, told RFA’s Vietnamese Service that the attack occurred at 12:30 a.m. on […]

Three Uyghurs Held for Resisting Land Takeover

April 16, 2013

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Uyghurs work at a nursery near Hotan, May 28, 2012. - AFP

Authorities have arrested three Uyghurs who they say resisted and assaulted public officers sent to expropriate their farmland for a market in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, according to local sources. Farmer Mettohti Imin, his teenage son Abdusalam Mettohti, and a family friend were taken into custody in late March after confronting “more than […]

What China Learned from the Soviet Union’s Fall

April 14, 2013

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Why the process of assessing blame for the collapse of the USSR is still a hot topic in Beijing   In a major speech on July 24, 2012 China’s President, Hu Jintao, called for the country to “unswervingly” carry out reform and opening up and to fight against rigidity and stagnation.  This follows on the heels […]

‘My Sister Was Forced Into Sex Slavery’

April 14, 2013

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Hui Danh holds a photo of her sister Huynh Thi Be Houng and other victims of a Vietnamese-run Moscow brothel as she testifies before a panel of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington on April 11, 2013. - RFA

Hui Danh’s sister Huynh Thi Be Huong is one of 15 young women from Vietnam who fell prey to a Vietnamese-run sex trafficking ring in Russia. According to the women, when they asked for help from the Vietnamese embassy in Moscow, their situation got worse because officials there were linked with the traffickers. On April 11, 2013 […]

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