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Lao News

UN Committee Set to Examine Civil and Political Rights in Laos

A U.N. review of the rights record of Laos scheduled for July should look closely into the condition of civil and political rights in the Southeast Asian country, focusing on reports in recent years of forced disappearances and harsh prison terms handed out to critics of the country’s government, two Paris-based rights groups say. Numerous […]

Asian News

China warns citizens in Vietnam after protests fuel anti-Chinese sentiment

China has warned its citizens in Vietnam after protesters clashed with police over a government plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fuelled anti-Chinese sentiment in the country. More than 100 protesters were arrested and dozens of police injured at a protest in central Vietnam on Sunday, one of several demonstrations […]

Human Rights

Vietnam Authorities Beat, Arrest Demonstrators Protesting Economic Zone Draft Law

Authorities in Vietnam beat and arrested several demonstrators who took part in a peaceful protest in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday against the government’s proposal to grant special economic zone leases to foreign investors, according to witnesses, amid growing public dissent over the issue. The protest was among several held around the country in […]

Human Rights

US Lawmakers Call For Release of American Citizen Detained in Vietnam

A group of U.S. congressmen called the ambassador to Vietnam on Friday to express serious concern over the arrest of an American citizen detained by Vietnamese authorities for attending a weekend protest in Ho Chi Minh City that turned violent. Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), and Lou Correa (D-Calif.) spoke with Ambassador Dan […]