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US Officials Call for Release of Khmer Krom Buddhist Activists Arrested in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the arrests of three Khmer Krom Buddhist activists have sparked concern among human rights advocates and US officials. Thach Cuong, To Hoang Chuong, and Danh Minh Quang were arrested on suspicion of distributing books about indigenous peoples' rights.

The arrests are part of a larger pattern of repression against activists and civil society groups in Vietnam, where the government has been accused of violating the rights of its citizens and suppressing dissent.


US officials have called on the Vietnamese government to immediately and unconditionally release the activists and to allow civil society to peacefully advocate for human rights and religious freedom without fear of reprisals.


In a statement, the US State Department said, "We urge the government of Vietnam to respect the rights of all its citizens, including those who peacefully advocate for human rights and religious freedom, and to release all individuals detained for exercising their fundamental freedoms."

The Khmer Krom people are an ethnic minority group in Vietnam who have long been marginalized and discriminated against. They have been subject to land confiscation, forced evictions, and other human rights abuses.


The arrests of Thach Cuong, To Hoang Chuong, and Danh Minh Quang are just the latest example of the Vietnamese government's suppression of dissent and its disregard for the rights of its citizens. Human rights advocates and civil society groups continue to call for an end to these abuses and for greater respect for human rights and religious freedom in Vietnam.


As the US officials have stated, "We stand with those who peacefully advocate for these fundamental freedoms, and we call on the government of Vietnam to do the same." The arrests of the Khmer Krom activists are a reminder of the urgent need for greater protection of human rights and the rule of law in Vietnam.



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