Monday, April 23, 2007

Yahoo! News April 5: US Urges Vietnam to Free Dissidents

Hanoi, April 5, 2007

The US ambassador to Vietnam on Thursday called on the communist one-party state to free its dissidents and open up its political system, in an editorial the embassy sent to local media.

Ambassador Michael Marine said last week's eight-year jail sentence for activist priest Father Nguyen Van Ly was "baffling considering his crime was peacefully speaking out in favor of political change."