Vietnam: High Political Oppression
Speaking under house arrest, Mr. Thich Quand Do reveals the political oppression he is facing along with other dissidents of the
Below is an article published by Al Jazeera:
At 80 years old, Buddhist Monk Thich Quang Do is still one of
He is deputy leader of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam and has spent more than 25 years in detention for advocating greater religious freedoms and rights.
In video tapes smuggled out of the country and obtained by Al Jazeera, Thich Quang Do reveals a life of political repression and misery not found in the glossy tourist brochures luring vistors to
As I speak to you today, I am under house arrest at the Thanh Minh Zen monastery in
I have been continuously repressed right from 1975 by the communist regime. For me, I'm not afraid of anything, of anything, because I am struggling for the right cause. For the truth.
Today we have no opposition parties, no free press, no free trade unions, no civil society. All independent religions are banned.
All citizens who call for political reform, democracy or human rights risk immediate arrest. Only economically speaking [are things] any better. But politically speaking, nothing changes.
If you go to the country from here 20km from
We must have pluralism, the right to hold free elections, and to choose our own political system.
To enjoy democratic freedoms. In brief, the right to shape our own future, to shape the destiny of our nation. For the last 32 years we always speak out to the outside world. And we hope like you ... that you foreigners listen to our cry.