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Vietnam, Notorious for Persecuting Catholics Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Aug 22, 2010, 06:13 pm

Catholic Vietnamese.jpgUnited States lawmakers pleaded for a United Nations’ probe into violence in a Vietnamese Catholic village after families announced that authorities utilized deadly force to crack down on a religious procession.

AFP reports that, “villagers’ relatives, testifying before a panel of the U.S. Congress, charged that Vietnamese authorities forcibly prevented Con Dau parish, near the central city of Danang, from burying a woman at the local cemetery in May.”

Local authorities, who wish to move the parish and construct a resort, seized the corpse to cremate and beat severely the villagers that include the elderly and women, the residents claimed.

Tai Nguyen, a resident of Houston, claimed tearfully that cops returned in July and took away Nam Nguyen, his brother, a procession leader, who died two days later in custody after suffering bruises on his body.

According to AFP, “witnesses also testified that a pregnant woman, Le Thi Van, was beaten until she suffered a miscarriage, while at least half a dozen other villagers remained jailed. Five lawmakers – including Representative Ahn ‘Joseph’ Cao, the only Vietnamese-American member of Congress – called for a probe in a proposed congressional resolution.”

The statement said the U.S. should press the UN to appoint an envoy “to investigate ongoing and serious human rights violations in that country, including those violations targeting the villagers of Con Dau.”

In May, the foreign ministry of Vietnam denied any injuries in what it claims is a land dispute, explaining accounts of mistreatment as an effort to “smear Vietnam.”

Yet, Quang Nguyen, who revealed his brother was beaten into signing a confession, described that the cemetery was more 100-years-old and where “all our brothers and sisters (buried) after they die.”

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written by Ken Dickson , August 23, 2010

Do not forget this is a Communist, Leftist, ountry & a "leapord never changes his spots"! The war should have taught us that!

The U. N. is nothing but a "paper tiger" as is the U. S. now!

written by rufuslevin , August 25, 2010

What do you expect from a country that considers dog meat a delicasy?

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