Still a tyranny:
(Reuters) – Western countries on Wednesday denounced Vietnam’s jailing of bloggers and curbs on the Internet and called on its Communist government to respect basic freedoms of worship and expression.
Britain’s diplomat Ruth Tumer told the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council that her country regretted “recent trends to control the Internet” and, with diplomats from France and Australia, called for reducing the number of crimes punishable by death and for a moratorium on executions.
“Vietnam still harasses and detains those who exercise universal rights and freedoms, such as freedoms of expression and association,” acting U.S. Ambassador Peter Mulrean said in a debate that was part of the 47-member forum’s scrutiny of the record of all U.N. member states every four years.