Embassy Statement onDinh Nguyen Kha

andNguyen Phuong Uyen

May 17, 2013

We are concerned by aVietnamese court’s sentencing of Dinh Nguyen Kha to eight years in prison andNguyen Phuong Uyen to six years in prison on subversion charges.

These convictions are partof a disturbing trend of Vietnamese authorities using charges under nationalsecurity laws to imprison government critics for peacefully expressing theirpolitical views.

These actions areinconsistent with the right to freedom of expression and, thus, Vietnam’s obligations under the International Covenant onCivil and Political Rights and commitments reflected in the UniversalDeclaration of Human Rights.

We call on the government torelease prisoners of conscience and allow all Vietnamese to peacefully expresstheir political views. 

Source:Press Release from Embassy in HanoiNorth Viet Nam


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