Vietnam releases pro-democracy protester

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Vietnam has released one of its well known ‘cyber’ dissidents, two weeks before the President of Vietnam makes an historic visit to the US. Nguyen Vu Binh was released from the Nam Ha prison after been given ‘presidential amnesty.’ This comes after the President announced that three will be released, the other two haven’t been named.

Vietnam has been arresting several pro-democracy protesters in recent months, including a Catholic priest. Binh was arrested in 2002, where he wrote a piece criticizing the border agreements between China and Vietnam. That same year, he wrote to the US Congress, criticizing the human rights in Vietnam.