U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has urged Vietnam to clean up its human rights record following a spate of dissident arrests.
Clinton prodded her Vietnamese counterpart Pham Gia Khiem to stop jailing people for their political or religious beliefs during talks Saturday on the sidelines of an Asian summit in Hanoi.
Clinton said the United States "is concerned about the arrest and conviction of people for peaceful dissent, attacks on religious groups, and curbs on Internet freedom."
Vietnamese authorities have recently arrested several bloggers, labor activists and Roman Catholics in an apparent crackdown before a January Communist Party congress.
Vietnam has also been accused of orchestrating cyber attacks against political bloggers.