Vietnam Bars Rights Campaigners From Entering Country to Speak at Forum

Vietnam has denied entry to two prominent human rights advocates invited to speak at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN hosted by the Southeast Asian nation, in what rights groups say is a continued crackdown on those critical of the repressive government’s dismal human rights record and an attack on freedom of expression.

Minar Pimple, senior director of global operations at London-based Amnesty International, and Debbie Stothard, general secretary of the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), were turned away by immigration officials at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Monday.

Amnesty called the barring of Pimple, who is scheduled to speak on diversity and pluralism at the Sept. 11-13 event, “further evidence of the Vietnamese government’s ongoing crackdown against freedom of expression.”

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