Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:28:32 AM
These days it seems like the Chinese and Vietnamese governments are moving in the same direction. Away from democratic thoughts and in the direction of letting the communist parties take more control of the Citizens in their countries.
Both countries have seen a strong economic growth over the last decade, and this has maybe led their governments to the thoughts that they are the reason for the growth and therefore they see them as being right in controlling any criticism of what they are doing.
Unfortunately the following 4 democracy activists have been sentenced to prison this week:
- Human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh, of trying to overthrow the Communist government. (5yrs)
- internet entrepreneur Tran Huynh Duy Thuc (16yrs)
Nguyen Tien Trung (7yrs)
Le Thang Long (5yrs)
They were initially charged with spreading anti-government propaganda.
But early last month, state prosecutors decided to bring more serious charges against them.
They were all convicted of "activities aimed at subverting the people's administration".
This is perhaps the harshest punishment against democracy campaigners in recent years.
I think this is a major drawback for the people in Vietnam and their strive for prosperity, peace and freedom. Any government that tries to control the thoughts of their Citizens are definitely not serving them and does not have a right to rule for them. BBC Article
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 2:36:36 PM
A year has gone bye... started with financial crisis..ended with new attacks. Iranian people is still fighting for peace. In Vietnam the communists have tightened the freedom of speech. A year is comming where we have many opportunities to do things better.
A decade has gone by..starting with the common use of mobile phones ending with mobile phones almost everywhere and people being always online. The decades started with El-Kaida and ended with the same terrorists.
Think the world has grown together. Us is no longer related to a country but we feel internationally connected. Think this is the spirit that will bring us forward in the next decade. Yes, we are not alone but we are all together on this small planet (the blue planet) which is like a small sandkorn in the universe.
The new year will surely bring us many interesting things, opportunities to prosper, fall in love, be able to do something we could not do before. Think the thought of freedom and democracy will spread around the globe the next decade. But there will also be difficulties on the way..
So let us join forces together to fight for openness, tolerance, democracy and human rights.I wish you a great start in the new year.
Friday, December 14, 2007 5:37:09 AM
US President George W Bush has called on world leaders to increase pressure on Burma's rulers, as US officials moved to ban imports of Burmese gems.
Mr Bush, reacting to a UN report that confirmed at least 31 people died in a recent crackdown, said there could be no "business as usual" with the junta.
He said the US would lead efforts to place more sanctions on the regime. UN findings
Mr Bush, who already imposed tough sanctions against the junta in October, pledged further action after a new UN report shed light on the scale of repression in Burma.
Illicit Burmese trade
The UN's human rights envoy, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, said at least 31 people had died as the ruling generals sought to regain control after a wave of peaceful protests swept the country in September.
"Mr Pinheiro's report demonstrates why the world cannot go back to business as usual with [Burma's leader] Gen Than Shwe and his junta," Mr Bush said in a statement.
"I call on all members of the international community to condemn the atrocities detailed in Mr Pinheiro's report in the strongest possible terms."Profile: Aung San Suu Kyi
Like the South African leader Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi has become an international symbol of heroic and peaceful resistance in the face of oppression.
For the Burmese people, Aung San Suu Kyi, 62, represents their best and perhaps sole hope that one day there will be an end to the country's military repression.
As a pro-democracy campaigner and leader of the opposition National League for Democracy party ( NLD), she has spent more than 11 of the past 18 years in some form of detention under Burma's military regime.