MEMORANDUM ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

16/11/2003
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Meeting of the EU/Vietnam Joint Commission, Brussels - November 2003

The human rights situation in Vietnam took several steps backwards in 2002-2003,
particularly in the domains of freedom of expression and religion. Several prominent
dissidents and religious leaders were condemned to harsh prison sentences, placed under
house arrest or subjected to various forms of surveillance, harassment and intimidation for the
expression of their opinions and beliefs. Several new laws were passed which restrict the
exercise of human rights.

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