Invitation to Gatherings in Celebration of HR Day and NVB's Inauguration
For Human Rights
Nguyen Van Hai is one of the best-known bloggers in Vietnam's burgeoning community of online journalists, who are striving to build an independent alternative to the state news monopoly. Hai is serving a 12-year prison sentence and is slated for five years of house arrest under a vague law that bars "conducting propaganda" against the state.
The health condition of an imprisoned Vietnamese prominent dissident on hunger strike for more than three weeks has deteriorated rapidly, but he plans to continue with his protest until the authorities look into his complaint of mistreatment in jail, according to his wife, who visited him over the weekend.