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Vietnam: Obama’s Visit Should Advance Human Rights

(New York) – United States President Barack Obama should press Vietnam to end its crackdown on peaceful activists and move towards free and fair elections, Human Rights Watch said today. Obama’s visit from May 23-25, will be the first in his two-term administration. The trip follows parliamentary elections on May 22 that will be controlled by the Vietnam Communist Party, which chooses who can and cannot stand for election, and how many non-Party members can have seats in the National Assembly. The ruling Communist Party has run a repressive one-party state since 1954 in the north of the country…

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