Imprisoned Vietnamese priest reported in worsening condition
February 09, 2010
A Vietnamese Catholic priest imprisoned for his human-rights advocacy is in "rapidly deteriorating" condition, according to the US Commission on Religious Freedom. Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, who was sentenced to an 8-year prison term in 2007 because of his involvement in a democracy movement, has now spent 16 of his 61 years in jail. The American human-rights group called attention to his plight as a way of highlighting Vietnamese violations against civil liberties and religious freedom.
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