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Fourteen Catholic activists could get the death penalty in Vietnam
Over the last month or so the Vietnamese Government has launched a crackdown on human rights activists and religious groups, and especially bloggers and lawyers have been targeted. The action came at Christmas time when international media attention is at its lowest. 
Asia News reports that the list of violations includes the arrest of Le Quoc Quan, a well-known Catholic lawyer and human rights defender, who was detained on allegations of tax evasion. Mr Le Quoc was arrested as he was taking his daughter to school, state media reported. Since he began to defend human rights in court and on his blog, he was disbarred and so cannot practice law.
Maria Ta Phong Tan, an ex-policewoman and a Catholic activist, whom Benenson has campaigned for previously, was sentenced to a long jail term. Maria Ta Phong Tan, posted on her blog, 'Justice and Truth'. She has already paid dearly for her actions because her mother took her own life setting herself on fire outside the headquarters of the People's Committee in Bac Lieu. There are reports that she has been mistreated in prison and that her health is deteriorating at an alarming speed, especially her mental health; something that human rights groups suspect is being done to drive her, like her mother, to suicide. is a country that has a rapidly increasing tourist market and growing foreign investment, yet continues to have a terrible record in dealing with human rights activists. 

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Locked up as security risk, Ranjini had a baby boy in detention center

Ranjini has given birth to a child who is likely to spend the early months, if not years, of his life in detention.
Baby Paari was born to Ranjini, a 33-year-old mother of two other boys aged six and nine. 
Ranjini was granted refugee status by Australia in 2011 after fleeing violence in Sri Lanka. ASIO has decided she is a security risk for Australia. But the government won't tell her why, and now she's facing a life in detention with her new born.

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