Human Rights Watch calls upon Vietnam to release Catholic activists
May 23, 2012
Human Rights Watch is calling upon the government of Vietnam to release four Catholic student activists who allegedly distributed pro-democracy leaflets and counseled women not to have abortions.
A trial for the four is scheduled to take place on May 24.
“It’s absolutely shameful that the Vietnam government is putting these Catholic activists on trial, and may send them to prison for years for nothing more than expressing their views and distributing leaflets," said Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch. "Prosecuting these four activists shows the contempt Vietnam has for freedom of religion and expression.”