Washington DC, March 14, 2007
According to BosNewsLife, within the last week, police officers arrested lawyer Le Quoc Quan at his house in Nghe An province, Vietnam. He is still in police custody, but his whereabouts are unknown. Quan had just returned from Washington, DC, where as a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), he researched the theories and practices of civil society. NED serves as the Secretariat of the World Movement for Democracy. Some have suggested that Quan is being detained for his involvement in human rights issues. For years, he has spoken out against religious and human rights violations. His writings have appeared on the BBC and in various Vietnamese newspapers and Web sites.