Thursday, November 19, 2009

An appeal for Fr N. Van Ly

International PEN Sydney Centre

Honorary Member of Sydney PEN, Father Nguyen Van Ly, has reportedly suffered a serious stroke and has been transferred to a Hanoi hospital. As many of you already know, Fr Van Ly is a sixty-three-year-old priest, scholar and essayist and co-editor of an underground online magazine who has been imprisoned for speaking freely.

Fr N. Van Ly was arrested in February 2007 and subsequently sentenced to eight years in prison and five years of probation for ‘conducting propaganda against the State’. He has served in the forced labour camp, K1, Ba Sao village, Kim Bang District, Ha Nam Province, in appalling conditions.
This year Fr Van Ly was one of ten candidates for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought which is administered by the European Parliament.

(Please send your protests to the President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister of Vietnam. Protests also can be sent by Ambassador of your country in Vietnam, by writing to your Ambassador.)

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