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Vietnam Rebuts US Criticism Over Jailing of Priest

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam is rejecting U.S. charges that dissident priest Nguyen Van Ly was returned to prison for expressing his opinions. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said Thursday that the ailing Catholic priest was returned to prison Monday on the orders of a provincial court. She noted that Ly had been released on humanitarian grounds to […]

US Calls for Release of Dissident Vietnamese Priest

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is calling for the immediate release of a prominent Vietnamese dissident who has been taken back into custody despite frail health. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman issued a statement late Tuesday expressing “concern” over the re-arrest of Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly. Father Ly has been a long-time critic of Vietnam’s ruling […]

Vietnam Re-Arrests Dissident Priest

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese authorities have taken one of the country’s most prominent dissidents back into custody, more than a year after he was granted medical leave. State media say Nguyen Van Ly — a Catholic priest — was re-arrested Monday because he continued anti-government activities. The reports said these included calling on people to protest China’s activities […]

China Frees Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China has freed internationally known artist and dissident Ai Weiwei after nearly three months in detention. The official Xinhua news agency says he was freed after confessing to tax evasion and because he suffers from a chronic illness. But Ai told British television that his health is fine. The conditions of his release forbids him […]

China Frees Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say internationally known artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has been freed after nearly three months in detention. Xinhua news agency says he was released after confessing to tax evasion and because he suffers from a chronic illness. Ai, whose works have been exhibited all over the world, was taken into detention in […]

Wife of Chinese Dissident Sees Husband Before Release

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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The wife of a leading Chinese dissident says she has been taken to see her husband in prison ahead of his scheduled release on Sunday. Zeng Jinyan, the wife of prominent dissident Hu Jia, has written on her Twitter account and confirmed to journalists that she was detained by eight men when she arrived from […]

China Quake Activist Freed from Prison

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese activist who was imprisoned for criticizing Beijing’s response after a deadly earthquake has been released. Huang Qi, who is in his late 40s, was released Friday from a prison in Dazhu city in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan. Huang, who had criticized the government’s response to a 2008 earthquake that killed nearly 90,000 […]

Family of Deceased Cuban Hunger Striker Emigrates to US

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Relatives of a jailed Cuban dissident who died during a hunger strike have emigrated to the United States. Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s mother arrived in Miami on Thursday along with a dozen other family members. She was carrying the ashes of her son. Cuban authorities earlier this week had exhumed and cremated Zapata’s remains at his […]

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