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UPDATE: February 24, 2014 - Freedom House condemns the latest attack on Nguyen Bac Truyen and remains concerned for his safety. Plainclothes officers attacked Truyen and his wife on February 24 while they were on their way to a meeting at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi to discuss an earlier assault.

Here are seven key countries (listed in alphabetical order) that have demonstrated little or no respect for human rights and should be opposed in their bids for seats on the Un Human Rights Council.

Freedom House strongly condemns today’s sentencing of prominent Vietnamese blogger, lawyer, and human rights defender Le Quoc Quan to 30 months in prison and a fine of $59,000, and calls upon the government of Vietnam to immediately release him and dismiss his sentence.

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In the following letter, we call on President Barack Obama to raise the issue with Vietnam's government about the arrest and arbitrary detention of human rights defender and lawyer, Mr. Le Quoc Quan.



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