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Venerable Thich Quang Do is nominated for 2008 Nobel Peace prize by 137 MPs from Europe, the USA and Asia

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2008-02-01 -- IBIB

PARIS, 1st February 2008 (IBIB) - As the Nobel Selection Committee for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize closes the deadline for nominations today (1st February 2008), the International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB) is informed that the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, Deputy leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) has been nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize by a wide range of academics and legislators from Europe, the United States and Asia.

Posted on 02 Feb 2008
Catholics suspend rare public vigils after Hanoi government agrees to discuss land dispute
AP - Saturday, February 2

HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnamese Catholics and Hanoi officials have called a truce in their standoff over valuable land in the center of the capital city, where thousands of believers have been holding prayer vigils for a month.

Posted on 02 Feb 2008
Vietnam police launch probe against Catholic protesters
HANOI (AFP) - Police in communist Vietnam have launched an investigation into Catholic land dispute protests that swelled to about 2,000 people late last week, state media and a police officer said Tuesday.

Parishioners and priests have been holding daily vigils for over a month near Hanoi's main St. Joseph's Cathedral, demanding the return of a house and a block of church land seized by the communist government in the late 1950s.
Posted on 02 Feb 2008
Vietnam may return church land, Vatican wants rallies to stop: priest
AFP -  Feb.1.2008

HANOI (AFP) - - The Vatican has asked Vietnamese Catholics to end mass prayer vigils for the return of seized church land, with the communist government signalling it would return the property, a priest said Friday.

Posted on 02 Feb 2008
Vietnam’s dissident monk
2007-12-20 | Al Jazeera | Al Jazeera

Though he is 80 years old, Buddhist Monk Thich Quang Do is still one of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents.

He is deputy leader of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam and has spent more than 25 years in detention for advocating greater religious freedoms and rights.

In video tapes smuggled out of the country and obtained by Al Jazeera, Thich Quang Do reveals a life of political repression and misery not found in the glossy tourist brochures luring vistors to Vietnam.

Posted on 14 Jan 2008
As tensions rise over Chinese claims of sovereignty on the Paracel and Spratly islands: Buddhist dissident Thich Quang Do calls for democratic rights and freedoms to guarantee territorial integrity in Vietnam
2007-12-28 | | IBIB

PARIS, 28th December 2007 (IBIB) - In the wake of widespread demonstrations staged by students and young people outside Chinese Embassies in Hanoi and Saigon, and strong protests by the Vietnamese community overseas, the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, prominent dissident and Deputy leader of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) has issued a strong statement on the controversy over the disputed Paracel and Spratly archipelagos. Sent clandestinely from the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Saigon, it was received by the International Buddhist Information Bureau in Paris today.
Posted on 14 Jan 2008
In a rare TV interview, detained UBCV Deputy leader Thich Quang Do calls for democracy in Vietnam
2007-12-24 | | IBIB

Ven. Thich Quang Do
Source Al Jazeera
PARIS, 24 December 2007 (IBIB) - Speaking from house arrest at the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Saigon, prominent dissident and Deputy leader of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) Most Venerable Thich Quang Do gave an interview to Al Jazeera on the situation in Vietnam. This is the first time Thich Quang Do, 80, has been filmed for TV in over 25 years spent under detention in Vietnam.

Posted on 14 Jan 2008
UBCV Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang refuses Public Security Ministry summons to attend State-sponsored Buddhist Congress in Hanoi
2007-12-13 | | IBIB

Thich Thien Hanh deplores repression against Buddhist Youth Movement in Hue -- Thich Thien Tam demands immediate withdrawal from 2008 UN Vesak Day Organising Committee

PARIS, 13th December 2007 (IBIB) - The International Buddhist Information Bureau is informed that UBCV Supreme Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang has rejected an invitation from the Ministry of Public Security to attend the “6th Nation-wide Congress of Buddhist Representatives for 2007-2012” (i.e. the 6th Congress of the State-sponsored Vietnam Buddhist Church, set up under Communist Party control in 1981) that opens in Hanoi today (13.12.2007).

Posted on 14 Jan 2008
The Coconut Monk
By Vu Trinh, Vietnam magazine, 1974

Phoenix Island, S. Vietnam. On a floating pagoda near this lush island on the great Mekong River there lives a strange man with many names and hundreds of followers. He is known to some as Cau Hai (Uncle Hai) and the Prophet of Concord. Others regard him as one of the world's unique living tourist attractions. Most everyone who has heard of him knows him as Dao Dua, or the Coconut Monk.

Posted on 01 Dec 2007
International Religious Freedom Report 2007


International Religious Freedom Report 2007
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

The Constitution provides for freedom of worship; however, government restrictions still remained on the organized activities of religious groups.

The status for the respect of religious freedom and practice continued to experience important improvements during the reporting period. The Government deepened implementation of its 2004 Ordinance on Religion and Belief and supplemental decrees on religious policy issued in 2005, (referred to as the Government's "legal framework on religion.") New congregations were registered throughout the country's 64 provinces; a number of religious denominations were registered at the national level; and citizens were generally allowed to practice religion more freely. Improving economic conditions in the country also allowed for greater access to religious practice and resources. In recognition of its "significant improvements towards advancing religious freedom," the U.S. Department of State lifted the country's designation as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for Religious Freedom in November 2006.

Posted on 21 Nov 2007

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