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Buddhist dissident leader Thich Quang Do seeks to joins protests at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch relay in Saigon

2008-04-29 | | IBIB

PARIS, 29 April 2008 (IBIB) - The Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, prominent dissident and second-ranking leader of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) left house arrest to attend a rally protesting the Beijing 2008 Olympics torch relay in Ho Chi Minh City today, but found the streets blocked with Security and riot police. He was responding to an appeal launched by young Vietnamese students and activists to protest China's claims of sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel archipelagos and mark the UBCV's solidarity with repressed Buddhist monks and civilians in Tibet.

Posted on 19 May 2008
Archive shows U.S.-Vatican diplomacy more complex than the public saw

VietCatholic News (Sun 06.Apr.2008 15:46)

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The letter from the pope to the U.S. president about the war was diplomatically florid, but clear in its message.

"Our contemporaries follow with their heartfelt prayers, and posterity will hold in honored memory, all those who -- undeterred by immense difficulties -- dedicate themselves to the sacred task of staunching the flow of youthful blood upon the fields of battle, and to the comforting of civilian victims despoiled and afflicted by the cruel conditions of our day," it said. "Blessed, indeed, are the peacemakers

Posted on 07 Apr 2008
Buddhist leader Thich Quang Do sends Message of Solidarity to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet

2008-03-16 | | IBIB

PARIS, 16 March 2008 (IBIB) - In face of the Chinese government’s violent military crackdown on peaceful protests of Buddhists in Tibet, the Very Venerable Thich Quang Do, Deputy leader of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) has sent a "Message of Solidarity from the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam to H.H. the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet", expressing support for their peaceful struggle for freedom. The message was sent clandestinely to the International Buddhist Information Bureau from the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Saigon, where Thich Quang Do is under house arrest.

Posted on 23 Mar 2008
Vietnam Committee condemns crackdown on Tibetan Buddhist monks

2008-03-15 | | Vietnam Committee

PARIS, 15 March 2008 (VIETNAM COMMITTEE) - Que Me: Action for Democracy in Vietnam and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights strongly condemns the Chinese government's recent brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrations of Buddhist monks, nuns and lay-followers in Tibet, and calls for an urgent UN inquiry into the violence. During a week of massive demonstrations which began in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa and have now spread all over the country, dozens of monks have been arrested, monasteries sealed off, and demonstrators brutally beaten. According to the Dharamshala-based Tibetan Government in Exile, a Martial Law situation is now effectively in force in Tibet. They report that Chinese military forces rolled out tanks and armoured vehicles in Lhasa and used tear gas and firearms to crush the demonstrations, killing around 100 Tibetans. These are the largest public protests in Tibet since 1989.

Posted on 23 Mar 2008
State Department official disregards grave religious freedom violations in testimony to key Senate Hearing on Vietnam

2008-03-13 | | Vietnam Committee

PARIS, 13th March 2008 (Vietnam Committee) - Only one day after the US State Department roundly condemned Vietnam's human rights record in its 2007 Country Report on Human Rights Practices, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Christopher Hill gave a contradicting evaluation of Vietnam's "expanded" religious freedom at a US Senate Hearing on Wednesday 12 March 2008. Assistant Secretary Hill, who recently visited Vietnam, was testifying before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs at a Hearing on "U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Relations". This important Hearing is held as the Senate prepares to vote on the Vietnam Human Rights Act (H.R. 3096), passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives last September, which would link US-Vietnam trade relations to the respect of human rights.

Posted on 23 Mar 2008
Vietnam Committee welcomes US State Department's "closer to reality" appraisal of Human Rights Practices in Vietnam
2008-03-12 | | Vietnam Committee

PARIS, 12th March 2008 (VIETNAM COMMITTEE) - The US State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in 2007, released on Tuesday in Washington D.C., condemned Vietnam's "unsatisfactory" human rights record in a 52-page overview of the legal and extra-legal barriers to citizens' enjoyment of human rights in Vietnam.

Posted on 23 Mar 2008
Hanoi seeks to impose a political funeral for Hoang Minh Chinh and prevent UBCV monks and pro-democracy activists from attending the event
2008-02-13 | | Vietnam Committee

PARIS, 13th February 2008 (Vietnam Committee on Human Rights) - According to reports from the family of Hoang Minh Chinh, who died last Thursday, Hanoi's Institute of Marxist-Leninist Philosophy is seeking to take over the organisation of the late dissident's funeral. The Institute, of which Hoang Minh Chinh was formerly a Dean, tried hard to "persuade" his family to let them hold the funeral under their auspices at the Ministry of Defence's funeral parlour in Tran Thanh Tong Street, and compose and pronounce his funeral oration. However, Hoang Minh Chinh's family has refused. They said they will respect their father's last wishes and hold the funeral within the family, celebrated according to Buddhist rites. They plan to hold it in Hanoi on 16 February 2008.
Posted on 23 Mar 2008
On his deathbed, prominent dissident Hoang Minh Chinh asked to be converted to Buddhism by Thich Quang Do
2008-02-11 | | IBIB

PARIS, 11th February 2008 (IBIB) - The International Buddhist Information Bureau expresses sincere condolences on the death of former high-ranking Communist Party member and leading dissident Professor Hoang Minh Chinh, who died in Hanoi on 7 February 2008 after a long struggle against prostate cancer. Former Dean of the Hanoi Institute of Marxist-Leninist Philosophy, Hoang Minh Chinh spent over 20 years in prison and under house arrest for criticising the Communist Party of Vietnam. Jailed in the 1960s for "anti-Party revisionism", he became a vocal advocate of democratic reform. Despite renewed imprisonment, house arrest, intimidation and acts of violence against himself and his family, Hoang Minh Chinh continued his activities for democratic change, reactivating the unofficial Democratic Party in 2006 (formerly a Communist-Party sanctioned body, dissolved by the Party in the 1980s).

Posted on 23 Mar 2008
Interview with Stan Jolly, Co-ordinator of Amnesty International Group 65, Toronto, Canada on the Campaign for the release of Supreme Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang (Broadcast on Radio Free Asia, 31 January 2008)

2008-02-06 | | QUE ME

Intro: Y Lan Penelope Faulkner: Amnesty International is a renowned international organisation devoted to promoting internationally recognised human rights and campaigning for the release of prisoners of conscience. It was founded in 1961 by three lawyers, Peter Berenson (UK), Sean McBride (Ireland) and Eric Baker (UK) firstly under the name Justice, then Amnesty International.

Posted on 23 Mar 2008
From house arrest, UBCV Supreme Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang issues New Year Message to Amnesty International and Vietnamese at home and abroad

2008-02-05 | | IBIB

PARIS, 5th February 2008 (IBIB) - From house arrest at the Nguyen Thieu Monastery in Binh Dinh province, the Supreme Patriarch of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) Thich Huyen Quang has sent an audio Message to the international community and Vietnamese around the world. The Message was recorded in secret and broadcast on Radio Free Asia on Monday 4th February. This is the first time in five years, since the Patriarch was placed under tight surveillance following a crack-down on the banned UBCV in 2003, that his voice has been heard on the international media.

Posted on 23 Mar 2008

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