Message to international community from Nguyen Phong, dissident convicted with Father Ly

first_img Organisation Hue, 17 March 2007I, Nguyen Phong, declare to my all my compatriots in Vietnam and abroad, to all human rights organisations and to the international press that:1) All my words and actions from 16 February until today, 17 March, have had no legal value, as I have been under duress and in a state of fear and exhaustion.2) The Thang Tien Vietnam party and the Lac Hong federal party continue to work openly in Vietnam.I energetically protest against the Communist Party’s claim that I violated article 88 of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s criminal code by creating the Thang Tien Vietnam party and the Lac Hong federal party. This allegation is unconstitutional.I therefore call on my compatriots in Vietnam and abroad, all human rights organisations and the international press to support us – myself, the Thang Tien Vietnam party and the Lac Hong federal party – in our struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights in Vietnam.We will continue to denounce actions by the Communist Party of Vietnam that are unconstitutional and contrary to the spirt of the International Declaration of Human Rights, and we will continue to put pressure on the government to amend laws that are unjust.The Vietnamese people would thereby be able to enjoy respect for human and civil rights like the peoples of progressive countries.Nguyen PhongPresident of the Thang Tien Vietnam party Follow the news on Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific VietnamAsia – Pacific Father Nguyen Van Ly, the main editor of the dissident magazine Tu do Ngôn luan, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for propaganda against the government. Four other dissidents have also received jail terms. Reporters Without Borders calls on the international community to react in order to protect Vietnam’s dissidents. News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Receive email alerts Hue, 30 March 2007A parody of a trial has been staged by Vietnam’s communist government today, 30 March, in which Father Nguyen Van Ly, myself, Nguyen Binh Thanh, Hoang Thi Anh Dao and the teacher Le Thi Le Hang are charged with violating article 88 of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s criminal code.We are citizens of Vietnam who are struggling for freedom, democracy and human rights in Vietnam. Is it right that our leaders should want to build our country as they alone desire, going in the opposite direction to progress and human civilisation?Vietnam’s communist government accuses us of anti-government propaganda. We are citizens of Vietnam who should have the right to receive, store and disseminate all news and information in accordance with our own political feelings. This is entirely compatible with clauses 2 and 69 of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s constitution and entirely in the spirit of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.I founded the Thang Tien Vietnam (Vietnam Party for Progress) with the aim of advancing Vietnam’s progress in all areas by means of an open but peaceful struggle against the Communist Party. This party “for progress” joined with the party “for the people” to former the Lac Hong federal party (“Lac Hong” being the Vietnamese people’s legendary name).Nonetheless, Vietnam’s communist government accuses me of the crime of propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam despite the absence of a single paragraph in Vietnam’s laws establishing this as a crime.This will help you understand the “special treatment” that this wonderful communist government reserves for its fellow citizens! I still fail to understand how Vietnam’s communist government thinks. It is busy going against human progress and restricting freedom, democracy and human rights – values that Vietnamese citizens dream of enjoying.Anyone who reads or hears the lines cannot fail to suffer inside.The government delights and takes pride in imprisoning and forcing democrats to confess, and in forcing them to give up their activities.In the face of this utterly unscrupulous behaviour by Vietnam’s communist government, I am just an ordinary human being. But I am firmly resolved not retreat before this unjust court. I am firmly resolved to struggle even more for freedom, democracy and human rights.I am ready to offer my own personal suffering in exchange for these values for Vietnam.Nguyen PhongPresident of the Thang Tien Vietnam partyVideo of Nguyen Van Ly’s trial : Father Nguyen Van Ly, the editor of the magazine Tu do Ngon luan, and four other dissidents received long jail terms on 30 March. One of the dissidents, Nguyen Phong, is the founder of the Vietnam Party for Progress. He wrote two letters, on 17 and 30 March, to the international community in which he calls for more freedom in Vietnam. News —————–30.03.07Priest who edited dissident newspaper gets eight yearsReporters Without Borders said it was shocked by the prison sentences imposed today by a people’s court in the central city of Hue on Father Nguyen Van Ly and four other people who helped him produce a dissident publication called Tu do Ngôn luan. The court found them guilty of “propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”Accepting the recommendations of prosecutor Tran Ky Thao, who accused Father Ly of “extremely serious violations against national security,” judge Bui Quoc Hiep sentenced him to eight years in prison. The other four received jail terms ranging from 18 months to six years.“The verdict and sentences handed down at the end of this summary trial are a slap in the face for the international community, which thought the Vietnamese regime was going to respect its international undertakings,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We call on the European Union to suspend its cooperation programmes in judicial matters, and we will ask the US government to put Vietnam back on the list of countries that do not respect freedom of opinion and religious freedom,” the organisation added. “If the international community does not react, all of Vietnam’s dissidents will be in danger.”Reporters Without Borders is posting the 24th issue of Tu do Ngôn luan on its website in homage to Father Ly.Foreign journalists who managed to enter the courtroom said the trial lasted about three hours. Weakened by a hunger strike, Father Ly refused to stand to give his name to the judge. After hearing the verdict, he shouted: “Down with the Communist Party of Vietnam!”The four other dissidents convicted with Ly acknowledged being members of the Progression Party of Vietnam, which was founded last year. Nguyen Phong, who received a six-year sentence, told the judge: “I will continue to fight for the values of freedom and democracy on behalf of the Vietnamese nation.” Nguyen Binh Thanh, who got five years, said everything he had done was in accordance with “international laws.” The other two defendants, Hoang Thi Anh Dao and Le Thi Le Hang, both women, received 18-month jail suspended terms.Two other dissidents, lawyers Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan, are expected to be tried soon for writing pro-democracy articles.A member of the Bloc 8406 pro-democracy movement, Father Ly has spent 14 of the last 24 years in prison for defending freedom of expression and worship. Detained from 1977 to 1978 and from 1983 to 1992, he received yet another prison sentence – 15 years – in October 2001 for activities linked to the defence of free expression. It was reduced several times and he was released in February 2004. April 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Message to international community from Nguyen Phong, dissident convicted with Father Ly Related documents Tu do Ngôn luanPDF – 1.85 MB April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 22, 2021 Find out more Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison to go further April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Avoiding euro threatens future UK investment

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Watch: Sadio Mane FURIOUS with Mo Salah after the Egyptian refuses to pass the…

first_imgAdvertisement uNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9zbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eiem( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 50w74gWould you ever consider trying this?😱2wddCan your students do this? 🌚3s7kRoller skating! Powered by Firework Liverpool remain on the top of the table with 3 more points last weekend , which marks the 4th consecutive win in their winning run. Eventhough Liverpool were comfortable against Burnley, their forwards seemed extremely agitated.Advertisement Sadio Mane , after coming off , looked absolutely flustered and angry. On further investigation, it is believed that the Senegalese International got mad at his teammate Mo Salah who instead of making a clear cut pass to Mane went for a skill to beat his man.Advertisement Watch Mane’s unique reaction here :Advertisement  “Sadio Mane is an emotional guy, we are all individuals,” Klopp told Sky Sports after the match.“Something went not like he wanted, it is not the substitution. We will clarify it in the dressing room.” Advertisementlast_img read more

New Denver last test before West Kootenay Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe West Kootenay High School Cross Country tour resumes today in New Denver as the Lucerne Lakers play host to the fourth stop on the circuit.Today’s stop is the final race of the season before the West Kootenay Championships next week in Salmo. Participants, from Grades 7 to 12, from schools throughout the West Kootenay have been locked in races in preparation for the provincials next month.Races have been held in Kaslo, South Slocan, which was hosted by Mount Sentinel and Nelson before the next stop in New Denver.L.V. Roger’s runner Andrea Stinson and Shawn DeGroot won the first two races of the high school season.The West Kootenay Championships go October 20th in Salmo with the top runners advancing to the East/West Kootenay Finals October 27th at the Camp Busk Cross Country Trails near Apex.The B.C. High School Cross Country Championships go November 6th at Oak Bay in [email protected]last_img read more

Round-up: Jose unhappy, penalty ‘harsh’, QPR fans hailed, Bees win, Fulham draw

first_imgChelsea won the west London derby, but Jose Mourinho was unhappy after his team’s 2-1 victory against QPR at Stamford Bridge. The Blues boss criticised his players for their below-par performance and bemoaned the lack of atmosphere in the ground.Eden Hazard scored the winner from the penalty spot after Eduardo Vargas was adjudged to have fouled him in the box, a decision Rangers manager Harry Redknapp felt was harsh.Redknapp praised his players, having declared ahead of the game that the team was finally beginning to gel after a poor start to the season.Chairman Tony Fernandes praised QPR’s players and “amazing” fans on Twitter after the game.Meanwhile, a late Stuart Dallas goal gave Brentford a 2-1 victory against Derby at Griffin Park.Andre Gray also scored for the Bees, with manager Mark Warburton revealing that a pep talk with the striker following his recent goal drought appeared to do the trick.Steve McClaren was far less happy – the Derby boss rued his team’s lack of composure after the hosts came from behind to beat them.Warburton also insisted he has no plans to bring in striker Danny Graham from Sunderland, who was touted for a loan move.And Bryan Ruiz scored twice for Fulham as they drew 3-3 at Wigan, where both teams ended the match with 10 men.It was the Whites’ first game since Kit Symons was confirmed as manager. He praised their resilience after Ruiz’s late penalty rescued a point.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Crater Dater Deflator: Impactors Can Be Recycled

first_imgThey came from outer space – that was the old paradigm about impactors that made craters on planetary bodies.  Then, we learned how secondary craters can confuse a surface’s history (06/08/2006, 09/25/2007).  Now, two papers in Icarus show that moons can do a lateral pass.    Alvarellos et al,1 showed that Jupiter’s moon Io can send high-speed impactors to Europa and beyond.  Material erupted or blasted off Io by a comet can drift in orbit for a median time of 56 years (quickest 179 days, average 146 years).  Then, it can either return to Io again, find a new target on Europa, or (to a lesser extent) hit the further-out moons.  Most of this occurs within just tens or hundreds of years.  Each impact, in turn, can generate secondary craters, reported Zahnle et al.2  Presumably, some sufficiently accelerated material could escape Jupiter or Saturn altogether and hit the inner planets.    Apparently few scientists had seriously considered this source of crater creators.  Some wrote about it but considered the amount of mass transfer to be trivial.  “However,” said Alvarellos et al., “our work has shown that far from being uninteresting, a non-negligible amount of matter can be transferred between these moons in the form of impact ejecta,”  The Zahnle et al paper agreed: “the model predicts that a significant fraction of the 200-500 m diameter craters on Europa are not traditional secondary craters but are instead sesquinary craters3 caused by impact ejecta from Io that had gone into orbit about Jupiter.”  The amount of mass delivered appears to exceed the micrometeoroid flux.1.  Alvarellos et al, “Transfer of mass from Io to Europa and beyond due to cometary impacts,” Icarus, Volume 194, Issue 2, April 2008, pages 636-646, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.09.025.2.  Zahnle et al, “Secondary and sesquinary craters on Europa,” Icarus, Volume 194, Issue 2, April 2008, pages 660-674, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.10.024.3.  They defined the term, quote: “Sesquinary” stems from the Latin root “sesqui-” meaning one-and-a-half; its most familiar use in English is in “sesquicentennial.”  We use sesquinary to describe craters by impact ejecta that went into orbit about the central planet…. Sesquinary craters have a character intermediate between primary craters and conventional secondary craters. [end quote]Since this new special-delivery mechanism can, in principle, apply to Uranus, Mars and other bodies, the crater-count dating conundrum just got worse.  How many of the thousands of craters on pockmarked moons resulted from “planetocentric” material within the system?  If ejected material can be recycled, what is the potential crater count from one sufficiently large impact?  How long would it take for an average moon to become saturated with craters?  They may look old, but crater-covered moons might have gotten their scarred faces in far less time than previously imagined.(Visited 86 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

12 days agoSteve Bull: Wolves deserved winners at Man City

first_imgSteve Bull: Wolves deserved winners at Man Cityby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves legend Steve Bull says they were deserved winners at Manchester City last week.He wrote for the Express & Star: “A lot has been said about City’s shortcomings on the day by pundits.”But that was not the story. The story was how good Wolves were against Pep Guardiola’s side.”Wolves set up to stop City from playing – to harass them – and they carried out the plan flawlessly.”It is amazing what a week can do in football, isn’t it?”It can knock you down or have you on cloud nine, and, thankfully, we have had the latter after Wolves’ wins at Besiktas and City.”We are playing at the tempo that was there so often last season again.”We didn’t have many chances against Besiktas, but the never-say-die attitude shone through.”Then at City, we were thinking it was the toughest fixture we could’ve asked for, but the lads went there in a positive frame of mind and got exactly what they deserved. To a man, they were fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

FX PLANS NICK OFFERMAN DRAMA AND CHRIS ROCK JOINING FARGO

first_imgFX is also rebooting “Shogun” as a 10-episode limited series, which it calls its “largest international scale production to date.” The series will be based on the novel of the same name by James Clavell that was turned into a 1980 miniseries event by NBC starring Richard Chamberlain.The plot charts the collision in Japan of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai. The new version will be written by Eugene Kelly (“Westworld,” ”Leftovers” and “Boardwalk Empire”) and Ronan Bennett (“Public Enemies,” ”Top Boy”).FX has lured Rock to star in a new season of “Fargo,” set in 1950, which will begin production in 2019. Rock will play the head of a criminal syndicate who has struck an uneasy peace with a rival group — they’ve swapped sons. A death forces the unraveling of their plans. Longtime “Fargo” show runner Noah Hawley will again lead the creative team. Advertisement Facebook BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – FX is diversifying its offerings, picking up a drama about a cutting-edge tech company starring Nick Offerman, sinking resources into a limited series based in feudal Japan and returning for a fourth series of “Fargo,” this time with Chris Rock.The network revealed some of its upcoming plans Friday and they include the eight-episode “Devs” by writer and director Alex Garland, who wrote and directed the 2014 feature film “Ex Machina” starring Alicia Vikander. The upcoming TV series is set at a secretive tech firm in San Francisco that may be responsible for a murder.“Devs” will star “Parks and Recreation” veteran Offerman as the firm’s CEO, Sonoya Mizuno, Jin Ha, Zach Grenier, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Cailee Spaeny and Alison Pill. It will premiere on FX in 2019. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Jana Sena announces first list of candidates

first_imgAmaravati: Actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena, which is making its debut in electoral politics of Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday announced its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The party declared candidates for two Lok Sabha and 32 Assembly constituencies. It had earlier announced candidates for two Lok Sabha seats. The suspense continues over the constituency Pawan Kalyan will choose to contest as his name did not figure in the first list. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Young and successful start-up entrepreneur Gedela Srinubabu will contest for the Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam. Jana Sena’s state convenor Chintala Pardhasaradhi is the candidate from Anakapalle Lok Sabha constituency. The party had earlier announced former ONGC executive director D.M.R Sekhar and former BJP MLA Akula Satyanarayana as its candidates for the Amalapuram and Rajahmundry parliamentary seats, respectively. Former minister Ravela Kishore Babu, who quit the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join Jana Sena a few months ago, will contest for the Assembly from Prathipadu constituency in Guntur district. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Former Congress leader P. Balaraju was named as Jana Sena’s candidate from Paderu. Former Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, now a key leader of Jana Sena, will contest from Tenali. The former Congress leader had represented this constituency for two terms from 2004 to 2014. The party’s General Secretary Thota Chandrashekhar will contest from Guntur West. Pawan Kalyan has already announced that Jana Sena will have an alliance with the Left parties. However, a formal announcement on seat sharing is yet to be made. Elections to the 175-member Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state are scheduled on April 11.last_img read more

‘Modi ‘promoted’ firms of ‘capitalist friends’ at expense of BSNL, MTNL’

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘promoted’ firms of his ‘capitalist friends’ at the expense of state-owned BSNL and MTNL. Attacking government over a media report that claimed that in order to better the financial condition of BSNL and get it back on track, its board has approved several proposals, including voluntary retirement for 54,000 employees, Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Whose telecom companies are BSNL and MTNL– of the country’s 130 crore people. Government-owned BSNL and MTNL have been destroyed. Both companies are in debt.” “Modi ji has promoted the firms of his capitalist friends. BSNL and MTNL are now on the verge of closure,” the Congress leader said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Blaming Modi government for the downfall of state-own telecom service providers, Surjewala said, “Why Modi ji is not supporting the public sector companies when he has given bailout packages to private companies worth thousands and lakhs of crores.” Surjewala was reacting to a report that stated that BSNL’s board has reportedly approved the proposal to lay off over 54,000 employees. It was also reported that the BSNL board has approved suggestions to reduce retirement age from the existing 60 years to 58 years, voluntary retirement scheme and fast-tracking allocation of 4G spectrums to BSNL. Meanwhile, the BSNL has denied any such development. In an official release, the public telecom service provider said the so-called proposals pertaining to reduction in the retirement age of BSNL employees and retrenchment of a large number of employees are not true.last_img read more