HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced three activists to up to five and a half years in jail for conducting anti-government propaganda.
The official Vietnam News Agency says Nguyen Kim Nhan was convicted of defaming Communist Party and government leaders by accusing them of violating human rights in interviews with foreign media. He was also convicted of inciting land petitioners to gather, causing public disorder.
VNA said Tuesday that Nhan was given five and a half years in prison while two other people received four years on the same charges at the one-day trial Monday.
New York-based Human Rights Watch in a statement accused the government of putting the activists on trial on baseless charges and said they should be praised for their good deeds instead.