March
29
2018

ATTN: Red Flag Groups in Vietnam Dangerous Threat

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VIETNAM - In advance of a U.S.-Vietnam human rights dialogue scheduled for May, a human rights organization is urging State Department officials to voice U.S. concern over the rise in Vietnam of activist groups tied to the harassment of dissidents and religious communities.

Government-supporting Red Flags groups now frequently mobilize to attack Catholic priests and parishioners in Vietnam in what social media and rights groups describe as state-sponsored abuse in the one-party communist state.

In February, parents of Catholic schoolchildren barred from school in the Dien Doai commune of Nghe An province were attacked outside school gates by government-linked thugs when they sought a meeting with school administrators.

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