(PRWEB) March 12, 2005
Under immense pressure from International human rights organizations and freedom-loving nations, the Vietnamese communist government has released a few high profile prisoners of conscience on the Lunar New Year Day. The international community has welcomed this development as a progress on human rights of Vietnamese authorities.
However, this release represents only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of prisoners of conscience still remaining in detention today. Most of them are unknown to the world. Moreover, the released prisoners are always under strict surveillance and deprived of all their due rights, especially right to speech and expression.
The Government of Vietnam continues to commit serious human rights abuses towards its citizens, especially democratic minded and freedom-loving youths. These are three typical cases:
Le Thi Hong Lien, 21 years old, is a voluntary teacher of the Vietnamese Mennonite Christian Church. She was arrested in June 2004 with some other people from the church.
On November 12, 2004 a court sentenced her to 12 months in prison. Amnesty International considered her as a prisoner of conscience. She was so brutally tortured by the prison guards that she was severely damaged both physically and mentally.
Lan Anh, a reporter for Tuoi Tre Youth magazine, was recently prosecuted by the Ministry of Public Security for appropriation of state confidential documents. In a series of articles from October 2003 to May 2004, she detailed the corrupt practices of the Zuellig Pharma Company in collaboration with corrupted officials in destabilizing the Vietnamese drug market.
Do Nam Hai, pen name Phuong Nam, a bank professional, was detained and his computer confiscated in December 2004 for posting pro-democratic literature on the Internet. He was frequently harassed by local authorities, and recently fired from his job after he refused to cease his pro-democratic activities.
Facing this aggravating human rights situation, VNHRN raises a serious warning and calls on Vietnam government to immediately release Le Thi Hong Lien, and cease all forms of harassment and intimidation against the journalist Lan Anh and Mr. Phuong Nam. They also ask international community to pressure on Vietnam to improve its human rights practices.