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US lawmakers call for probe into Vietnamese mistreatment of Catholics

Catholic World News - August 19, 2010

Five American lawmakers urged the State Department to investigate Vietnamese violations of religious freedom during Congressional hearings on August 18.

The legislators—including Rep. Anh Cao of Louisiana, the only Vietnamese-American in Congress—asked for a probe into a violent police assault on Catholics participating in a religious procession in May in Con Dau, near Danang.

The legislators pointed out that a recent report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom suggested classifying Vietnam as a “country of particular concern” because of religious-freedom violations.

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  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Aug. 20, 2010 5:22 AM ET USA

    I hope for some repercussions from that Congressional action. The US provides multitude support to the Vietnamese communist and oppressive government, including the USAID financial assistance - the money badly spend - without asking for nothing in return. I wrote many times to the US Ambassador in Hanoi - no response! The office of Mrs. Clinton assured me that our Secretary of State handles the Vietnamese counterparts accordingly ... by allowing Catholics to be killed, church property confiscat

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 19, 2010 2:49 PM ET USA

    Human rights violations in Vietnam, China, Burma, etc, etc. Spank their hands because that's all the United States will do (if that), especially if there are business reasons to do otherwise.

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