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(Source: Reuters/Stringer (VIETNAM)



1- Catholic believers hold leaves, the symbol of the Vietnamese Catholics who died of their religious creed, at the Thai Ha church in Hanoi December 8, 2008. A Vietnamese court on Monday sentenced seven Catholics to suspended jail terms and gave another a warning after their attempt to claim a plot of disputed land in a simmering standoff with the government. The verdict amounted to a slap on the wrist for the Catholics, who say they have been trying for years to get back a large plot next to a church in Hanoi that the government siezed in 1958, and who have staged several protests around the land in recent months.


Posted on 08 Dec 2008
Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam holds leadership meeting in Saigon

2008-11-18 -- IBIB PARIS, 18 November 2008 (IBIB) - Leading monks from the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) gathered at the Giac Hoa Pagoda in Saigon on 15 November 2008 for a meeting of the UBCV Supreme Bi-cameral Council (Institute of the Sangha and Institute for the Dissemination of the Dharma Vien Hoa Dao), to discuss strategies and activities for 2009. This is the first leadership meeting of the outlawed UBCV since the death of Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang in July 2008 and the accession of Most Venerable Thich Quang Do as the new UBCV leader.

 

Posted on 22 Nov 2008
Vietnam Cracks Down on the Catholics

Hanoi calls for the removal of a prominent religious figure

Vietnam's communist authorities have upped the ante in a continuing dispute with the Catholic Church. Now, they're calling for the removal of Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet of Hanoi.

According to the state-run Vietnam News Agency, Nguyen The Thao, chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee, told foreign diplomats Oct. 15 that "a number of priests, led by Archbishop Ngo Quang Kiet, took advantage of parishioners' beliefs and their own low awareness of the law to instigate unrest."

Posted on 01 Nov 2008
PRESS RELEASE from The Vietnamese Catholic Community in Australia
The Vietnamese Catholic Community in Australia

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canberra, October 10, 2008. The Vietnamese Catholic Community in Australia (VCCA) will assemble in front of the Parliament House in Canberra on Monday Oct. 13 to express its grave concerns about the Vietnamese Communist Government's campaign of public vilification and violent actions against Church leaders and faithful of Hanoi Archdiocese and the Redemptorist Congregation, including the city's Archbishop, the Most Rev. Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet.

Since late last year, the Catholic community in Hanoi has been organising daily prayer vigils outside Hanoi's former nunciature, pleading for its requisition following the unlawful confiscation of the building by the Communist regime in 1959. On Feb. 1, 2008, an agreement, in which the property would be returned to the Catholic Church, was reached. However, the government managed to delay the process through various bureaucratic manoeuvres; and then on Sept. 19, 2008, announced that it would instead demolish the building to make way for a playground.
Posted on 13 Oct 2008
Repressing Religion

ROME, SEPT. 28, 2008 Many people still suffer religious persecution, according to the annual report from the U.S. Department of State. On Sept. 19 the "2008 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom," was presented to the public by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The report, which covers the 12-month period up to June 30, 2008, started by noting in its introduction that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For the United States it is also the 10th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act, a bill that has brought with it greater attention to religious freedom from the U.S. government.

Posted on 30 Sep 2008
Viet Protestant leaders united in condemnation of the government's belligerent response to Catholics' peaceful prayer vigils

VIETNAM: AUTHORITIES BULLDOZE HISTORIC BUILDING IN LAND DISPUTE Promise of negotiated settlement fades; Catholic leaders threatened with legal action. 

HANOI, September 26 (Compass Direct News) -- Authorities in Hanoi have responded to months of Catholic prayer vigils and demonstrations over disputed land by destroying the one-time residence of the papal nuncio in central Hanoi.  

In suddenly bulldozing the land that once served as the Vatican embassy and residence near St. Joseph's Cathedral last Friday (Sept. 19), the government broke its promise to Catholic leaders in February to negotiate a settlement concerning the property.  

 
Posted on 29 Sep 2008
RELEASE - THE VIETNAMESE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY IN AUSTRALIA

THE VIETNAMESE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY IN AUSTRALIA
92 The River Rd - Revesby NSW 2212  
Tel: (02) 9773 0933  
Fax: (02) 9773 3998  


PRESS RELEASE

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

Contacts:
1. Fr. Paul Van Chi Chu, Sydney.
Tel: (02) 97730933  
Mob: 0410 552650
Email
:paulvanchi@yahoo.com

2. Fr. Peter Xuan My Bui, Canberra.
Mob. 0411 328 077
Email
: petermybui@hotmail.com

3. Fr. Anthony Huu Quang Nguyen, Melbourne.
Mob. 0412 560 445
Email
: quangsdb@yahoo.com  

Sydney, September 26, 2008 -- The Vietnamese Catholic Community in Australia (VCCA) would like to report to the Australian Community and the International Communities about the critical situation concerning persecution against the Catholic Clergies and faithful by the Vietnamese Communist government.  

As this Press Release is being published, several Catholics are still being detained in prison. The Archbishop of Hanoi, the Most Rev Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet, and numerous leaders of the Redemptorist Congregation in Hanoi have been the subjects of a government campaign of public defamation and extreme legal action has been threatened against them all. The Vietnamese Catholic Community in Australia (VCCA) sent thousands of petitions to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference asking for help.


Posted on 29 Sep 2008
US Govt Should Re-Designate Vietnam Among Worst Religious Freedom Violators
Vietnam: U.S. Government Should Re-Designate Vietnam Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom, Press for Unconditional Release of Prisoners

WASHINGTON-Vietnam continues to demonstrate a disturbing disregard for fundamental human rights, with police violence against protesters at peaceful vigils at properties formerly owned by the Catholic Church of Vietnam, the drawn-out imprisonment and house arrest of numerous religious freedom advocates, and the detentions earlier this month of pro-democracy activists. Rather than releasing imprisoned human rights lawyer and religious freedom advocate Le Thi Cong Nhan, the Vietnamese government has offered her exile abroad, which she refused. The U.S. Commission calls on the State Department to re-designate Vietnam among the worst violators of religious freedom and demand the unconditional release of all prisoners of concern.

Posted on 26 Sep 2008
Saigon Catholics protest the defamation of Hanoi's Archbishop
Saigon Catholics have reacted angrily with a series of mockeries and distortions against Catholics and the Church on state media, and what have happened in the nunciature and Thai Ha. Vigils have been hold at many churches. The focal point is the church of Mother of Perpetual Help.

saigonSaigon police was in high alert on Wednesday after rumours that protests would be out broken at many Catholic sites. State agencies sent communiqué asking heads of organs to monitor closely activities of Catholic staff. In an urgent letter to all schools dated Wednesday Sep. 24, Nguyen Van Ngai, vice-director of Saigon Education Department asked principals of schools in the city to do whatever necessary "to prevent bad elements from luring students into protests against the government" due to Catholic-state tensions.


Posted on 25 Sep 2008
US Congress Members Issue Letter on Vietnam's Human Rights Violations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2008

Sanchez Outraged with Violence at Thai Ha Prayer Vigil and Continued Hostility Against Peaceful Protesters

Sanchez issues letter to President Triet on Vietnam's recent human rights violations

Posted on 25 Sep 2008

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