VIETNAM-Tight Security as Vietnamese Court Orders Two More Hmongs Jailed

A provincial court in northern Vietnam on Thursday ordered two Hmongs jailed for defying a government campaign forcing the ethnic minority group to return to older funeral practices now considered wasteful by many in the community.

The court hearing in northeastern Tuyen Quang province was held under tight security as police kept protesting Hmong villagers at bay.

Ly Van Dinh, 50, and Duang Van Tu, 47, were sentenced to 21 months and 15 months in jail respectively for violating Article 258 of Vietnam’s penal code, their lawyer Tran Thu Nam told RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Thursday.

Article 258 is a vague legal provision routinely used to prosecute people for exercising their right to freedom of expression, rights groups say..[…]

Radio Free Asia,2014/03/20

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