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Senator Boxer: Urging the Release of Father Ly PDF Print E-mail
Written by Barbara Boxer   
Friday, 26 August 2011 20:03

Dear Friend:

Today I led a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take further steps to urge the Vietnamese government to immediately release Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly from prison.

As you may know, in 2007 Father Ly, a Catholic priest and human rights advocate, was sentenced to eight years in prison and five years of house arrest for peacefully practicing his faith, expressing his political opinions and associating with others who shared those opinions.

Father Ly was temporarily released in March 2010 to seek medical care but was re-imprisoned this past July.  His health has been in serious decline since he suffered multiple strokes in prison, and his continued incarceration may further threaten his life.  Be assured that I will keep working for his release.

To read our letter to Secretary Clinton and more about this important human rights issue, please click here.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer

United States Senator