Vietnam Bars Second Rights Campaigner From World Economic Forum

Vietnam has refused to let a campaigner from Amnesty International attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) set to be held in the southeast Asian nation this week, the rights group said on Monday, the second such refusal in as many days. Hanoi will host the World Economic Forum on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) from Tuesday to Thursday, an event touted as the country’s biggest diplomatic gathering this year. Amnesty condemned the decision to block the entry of Minar Pimple, its senior director of global operations, adding that the step came at a time when freedom of expression was under threat in Vietnam. “The government’s actions undermine an event that depends on a plurality of views, and they are giving ASEAN a bad name,” Amnesty’s secretary general, Kumi Naidoo, said in a statement posted on its website. “We condemn this decision to stifle debate from a regular contributor to the WEF, who has spoken at the highest levels on human rights issues around the world.” An earlier event program showed Pimple was to have spoken as part of a panel called “ASEAN Pluralism: Under Threat?” Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately comment on the issue. A spokeswoman for the World Economic Forum said it had been informed that Vietnam had denied Pimple’s request for a visa. “Should the situation change, his invitation to our summit remains in place,” the spokeswoman, Fon Mathuros, added. On Sunday, Debbie Stothard, the secretary general of the International Federation for Human Rights, was denied entry to Vietnam before being deported to neighboring Malaysia early on Monday. Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism. The country has jailed several human rights activists in recent years, accusing them... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Vietnam Bars Second Rights Campaigner From World Economic Forum, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Vietnam Bars Second Rights Campaigner From World Economic Forum





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 10 September, 2018



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