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Media group calls for release of dissidents in Vietnam
Web-posted: 11:04 a.m.
Mar. 9, 2001
HANOI -- A Paris-based
press freedom group on Friday called on communist Vietnam to release Ha
Sy Phu, a writer placed under formal house arrest last month, and jailed
journalist Nguyen Dinh Huy.
Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders) said in a statement the
harassment of dissidents and journalists contradicted Hanoi's
commitments to freedom of expression, especially the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights it ratified in 1982.
Huy was jailed for 15
years in 1995 for trying to set up an illegal opposition party to rival
the ruling communists.
Phu, 61, a writer and
a retired biologist who set up a magazine which was banned, was placed
under house arrest in the town of Dalat in the central highlands last
month, along with fellow dissident Mai Thai Linh.
Their detention came
within days of widespread anti-government protests in the highlands by
ethnic minority hill farmers.
Phu and Linh had
faced restrictions since May 2000, when authorities accused them of
making contact with overseas groups with the aim of overthrowing the
Phu was accused of
betraying the country by becoming the head of an anti-government
movement to which Linh, a former official of the Dalat's People's
Council, was the adviser.
State-run media said
the investigation against them was subsequently suspended in view of
their age and because they had confessed, but it gave no reason for the
formalisation of the house arrest order.
Phu spent most of
1996 in detention, including more than four months in jail, accused of
revealing state secrets.
Vietnamese rights group said Phu and three other men had been found in
possession of a report by then Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet outlining
preparations for the key five-yearly Communist Party congress.
The next Party
congress is expected in April.
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