[JURIST] Vietnamese authorities are using repressive laws, unfair trials and harsh prison conditions against activists who oppose the ruling Communist government, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report claims that those arrested include [press release] bloggers, labor and land rights activists, human rights defenders, and religious followers. Vietnam is a member of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Treaty [text, PDF], which prohibits state officials from interfering with individuals'...

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