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Vietnam frees two high-profile dissidents amid criticisms over human rights

Published on Apr 14, 2014 2:34 PM

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam has released two political activists, the latest high-profile dissidents to be freed as the communist nation comes under increasing international pressure over its human rights record.

Blogger Nguyen Tien Trung told AFP that he and Vi Duc Hoi, a Communist Party official turned democracy campaigner, had been freed on Saturday.

Mr Trung, 30, was serving a seven-year term in Ho Chi Minh City for "subverting the people's administration", while Mr Hoi was jailed for five years for "anti-state propaganda".

Mr Trung's term was due to end in January next year and he said he would remain under house arrest for three more years.

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