Viet­nam de­tains se­nior of­fi­cial for global rights group

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

A se­nior ex­ec­u­tive for an in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights group was de­tained by Viet­namese author­i­ties on Sun­day as she ar­rived in the cap­i­tal to at­tend a World Eco­nomic Fo­rum meet­ing and is ex­pected to be de­ported.

Deb­bie Stothard, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion for Hu­man Rights, was pre­vented from en­ter­ing Viet­nam at Hanoi’s air­port, Fon Mathuros, a spokes­woman for the WEF, said in a state­ment, adding that Stothard was to travel to Malaysia on Mon­day.

“We re­gret the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to deny her en­try. Her in­vi­ta­tion to the meet­ing stands and we will con­tinue to fa­cil­i­tate her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the meet­ing,” Mathuros said.

Stothard said on her Face­book page that she was de­tained at the air­port by im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials “be­cause the Viet­nam gov­ern­ment has black­listed me ‘un­der ar­ti­cle 21’ to pre­vent me from speak­ing” at the WEF event. Ar­ti­cle 21 un­der the Im­mi­gra­tion Law stip­u­lates that a per­son can be stopped from en­ter­ing Viet­nam for rea­sons in­clud­ing na­tional de­fence and se­cu­rity. - AP

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