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US Urges Vietnam to Release Political Prisoners Ahead of Obama Visit

The United States has urged the Vietnamese government to release all political prisoners and cease its harassment of civil society activists.  Officials made the appeal ahead of President Barack Obama’s first visit to Vietnam in May. “The promotion of human rights remains a crucial part of U.S. foreign policy and is a key aspect of our ongoing dialogue within the U.S.-Vietnam comprehensive partnership,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby Monday, as the U.S. and Vietnam held...

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