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PRESS STATEMENT

Democracy Advocates Convicted in Vietnam

October 27, 2010

Hanoi, October 27, 2010 - The Embassy of the United States of America is concerned by the October 26 convictions of Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung, Do Thi Minh Hanh, and Doan Huy Chuong on charges of causing public disorder to oppose the people’ s government. We are also troubled with the arrests of internet bloggers Le Nguyen Huong Tra and Phan Thanh Hai, as well as the re-arrest of blogger Nguyen Van Hai (aka Dieu Cay) who just completed his 2 ½ year sentence for tax evasion.

These actions, together with the October 27 trial of the six Catholic parishioners from Con Dau, three of whom were denied their right to legal representation under Vietnamese law, contradict Vietnam’ s own commitment to internationally accepted standards of human rights. We urge the government of Vietnam to release these individuals.