Catholic Diocese protests escalation of government brutality and interference

        Vinh Diocese’s Announcement Regarding the Con Cuong Incident   Diocesan Office in Xa Doai Nghi Dien – Nghi Loc – Nghe An Tel. (0383) 861 171 tgmvinh@gmail.com                                                                                                 Xa Doai, July 4, 2012   STATEMENT Concerning the Con Cuong Incident Members of the Clergy, Seminarians and Fellow Catholics,          In recent days, Catholics in…

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Government Continues to Hamper Religious Activities in the Con Cuong Catholic Community, Nghe An Province

July 5, 2012 Compiled by DVOV from different news sources The Vietnamese government in Nghe An Province continues to disrupt religious activities. For the past month, the local authorities have repeatedly sent agents, policemen and “thugs” to prevent Catholic priests from celebrating and believers from attending Sunday Mass in the Con Cuong District, Vinh Diocese.…

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Local authorities escalate assault against local Catholics in Nghe An Province

On July 1, a large contingent of policemen, armed soldiers and plain-clothed “thugs” physically attacked Catholics in Con Cuong District, Vinh Diocese, as they gathered at their chapel for Sunday mass. Many attending Catholics were injured as a result. One of them, Ms. Ngo Thi Thanh, suffered cracks in the cranium. At one point, the police and…

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Vietnam ‘Destroys’ Churches of Hmong Christians

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 By BosNewsLife Asia Service Police and other security forces crackdown on churches, Christians say. HANOI, VIETNAM (BosNewsLife)– Vietnamese security forces have destroyed two churches of minority Hmong Christians in northwestern Vietnam and threaten to tear down a third, a Christian news agency said Wednesday June 27. Compass Direct News, citing local…

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Bishop’s Office protests violence against Catholics in Vinh Diocese

In an official letter to the People’s Committee of Vinh Province, the Catholic Bishop’s Office of Xa Doai, Vinh Diocese protested “the many regrettable conflicts between the government and the Catholics in the districts located in the western part of Nghe An Province.” The letter dated June 16 calls on the government to investigate violent…

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Australia–Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/04/24/australia-vietnam-human-rights-dialogue During the year 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, there were many violations of human rights in Vietnam including a steady stream of political trials and arrests. The Vietnamese government systematically suppresses freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. Independent writers, bloggers, and rights activists who question government policies, expose official corruption, or…

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Vietnamese mobs attacked Khmer-Krom Buddhist monks

  According to the Voice of Kampuchea-Krom (VOKK) broadcasted on April 19, 2012, around 3:30pm (local time) on April 19, 2012, eight Vietnam mobs carrying weapons attacked the Buddhist monks residing at the Khmer-Krom Wat Ro Temple in Vinh Thuong Commune, An Cu village, Tinh Bien district, An Giang Province. These Buddhist monks had to flee and seek…

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Khmer group says it shares goals of other minorities in Vietnam

 By Sok Khemara, VOA Khmer | Washington, DC Members of the Khmer minority in Vietnam recently met with State Department officials and are now looking for ways to unite with other minorities like the Hmong and Montagnards to protect themselves from persecution, a leading advocate says. Thach Ngoc Thach, president of the US-based Khmer Kampuchea…

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Vietnam arrests Montagnard Christians for anti-state activity

May 09, 2012 08:46  AM  Source: Daily Star Lebanon HANOI: Vietnam has arrested three Christian ethnic minority tribespeople in  the central highlands for “anti-state activity,” official media said  Wednesday. The men, from the Ede and Gia Rai tribes, have been accused of “undermining  national political unity” in central Gia Lai province, the communist party  mouthpiece…

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Human rights report for the first 3 months of 2012 – prepared by Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai

Hanoi, 14 April 2012 In the first 3 months of 2012, the human rights situation in Vietnam continued to worsen rapidly. After the crackdowns and arrests of 2011, the government of Vietnam, in 2012, continues to persecute, harass, detain and prosecute many religious, democracy and human rights activists. To maintain its absolute power, the Vietnamese…

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