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Vietnam rights abuses criticised at UN review

Published on Feb 6, 2014 4:37 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - Vietnam came under fire Wednesday over the harassment and jailing of regime critics and its expanded use of the death penalty, during a UN review of its rights record.

Diplomats gathered at the UN Human Rights Council widely condemned continued restrictions on freedom of expression, including preventing activists from attending the hearing in Geneva.

"Vietnam still harasses and detains those who exercise universal rights and freedoms, such as freedom of expression and association," US representative Peter Mulrean told the assembly, calling on the country to "release all political prisoners".

He was one of 106 diplomats who spoke at Vietnam's so-called Universal Periodic Review, which all 193 UN countries must undergo every four years.

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