Thursday, August 30, 2012

Amnesty calls for Vietnamese priest's release

Communist country has held Father Nguyen Van Ly in prison off and on since 1970

Father Nguyen Van Ly
The B.C. Catholic has a story by Ramon Gonzalez of the Western Catholic Reporter about Amnesty International's call to release a Vietnamese priest who has been imprisoned in the communist country for advocating for freedom:
Father Ly, 64, is serving an eight-year prison sentence for consistently calling for more religious freedom and for his long-standing criticism of the human rights policies of the Vietnamese government. 
In March 2010 he was temporarily allowed out of prison for medical treatment after he suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with a brain tumour. 
However, in July 2011 he was taken back to Ba Saoi prison accused of inciting dissent. He is said to be in poor health and is partially paralyzed as a result of the stroke.
Read the full story on The B.C. Catholic website.

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