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World Vietnam steps up online crackdown, jailed activists at record high: Amnesty

19:31  30 november  2020
19:31  30 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Vietnam has stepped up its imprisonment of political activists , Amnesty International said in a report on Monday, intensifying a crackdown that has seen the number of prisoners of conscience increase by almost a third since last year.

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HANOI (Reuters) - The number of political prisoners in Vietnam has reached its highest on record, according to a tally by Amnesty International, which in a report on Tuesday accused Facebook and Google of censorship in the Southeast Asian country.

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There are at least 170 "prisoners of conscience" in Vietnam, the report said, of which around 70 are currently serving jail terms for online activism, mainly on Facebook and Google's YouTube.

"Once the great hope for the expansion of freedom of expression in the country, social media platforms are fast becoming human rights–free zones, where any peaceful dissent or criticism of the Vietnamese government is liable to be censored," the report said.

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Six human rights activists in Vietnam have been sentenced to between seven and 15 years in jail , in a move condemned by the US as part of a "disturbing trend" by the country's authorities to restrict fundamental freedoms.

2017 marked a record year in Vietnam for crackdowns against civil society with more than 20 human rights defenders and activists arrested, convicted and imprisoned. For a list of all prisoners of conscience that Amnesty International is aware of in Viet Nam , please click here.

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The current number of prisoners of conscience in Vietnam is the highest that London-based Amnesty has reported since it began publishing the figures in 1996, an Amnesty spokesman told Reuters.

Amnesty defines prisoners of conscience as people who have not used or advocated violence, but were imprisoned because of their identity or beliefs.

Vietnam's foreign ministry, which handles enquires from foreign media, did not respond to a request for comment.

Despite sweeping economic reform and openness to social change, Vietnam's ruling Communist Party retains tight control on media, tolerates little opposition and has intensified a crackdown on dissidents and online activists ahead of a key Party meeting next year.

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Supporters hold signs with names of jailed activists at an event held to call for their release in Hanoi, Vietnam , August 27, 2017. After the United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, Vietnamese authorities engaged in a renewed crackdown against rights activism

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Earlier this month, Reuters reported that Vietnam had threatened to shut down Facebook locally if it did not agree to censor more political content. Vietnam's government said at the time that Facebook should abide by local laws.

Amnesty's report said the U.S. social media giants do not do enough to resist government pressure to censor posts. It cited interviews with Vietnamese activists who said their posts had been censored.

Both Facebook and Google have said that they only restrict access to content if it violates local laws. One such law, Article 117, prohibits Vietnamese citizens from "making, storing or spreading" anti-state materials.

(Reporting by James Pearson; Editing by Martin Petty)

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