UCAN needs your support
You are why we do what we do - report, describe, comment, review. It is to bring to your eyes just what life is like for believers across Asia that we publish UCAN.
But as you know, the effort needs to be sustained if it is to have continuing effect.
UCAN publishes some 150 stories a week in four languages across six websites. We are grateful to benefactors in Europe and the US who support us. But those countries and the Church there are under increasing financial strain and their generosity no longer covers our costs.
We need financial help from our readers to sustain our efforts. Our reporters, editors, video producers and photographers all have families and we need to support them. They do excellent jobs, but they can't do their jobs for nothing.
Will you help us to sustain UCAN? Please click here to help.
Thanks in anticipation.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Catholic students to stand trial
Four stand accused of spreading anti-government propaganda
- ucanews.com reporter, Asia Desk
- May 21, 2012
Anthony Chu Manh Son, Peter Tran Huu Duc, Anthony Dau Van Duong and John Baptist Hoang Phong are due in court in Vinh City on May 24, for spreading anti-government propaganda, local sources said.
The sources said they are being detained in Nghi Kim prison in Nghe An province.
Son, Duc and Duong, all 23, were arrested last August, while Phong, 24, has been held since December.
Church sources said they were all active in Church-run activities. They collected aborted fetuses and buried them in cemeteries, made blood donations and did other charity work.
Chu Van Nghiem, Sonâ€™s father, was quoted as sayingÂ his son was picked off the street and that one month later he was told his son had been disseminating anti-government propaganda.
â€śMy son has never been involved in anti-government work. All he has done is donate blood and help abandoned children,â€ť he said.
However, the studentâ€™s defense lawyer Le Dang Tung, has reportedly said the students have admitted to having given out leaflets demanding a multiparty system, criticizing Communist Party policies and rejecting the results of national assemblyâ€™s election held last year.
Church sources said the relatives are looking for another lawyer to replace Tung.
Meanwhile, yesterday evening, around 3,000 Catholics attended a candlelit vigil at the Redemptorist-run Thai Ha in Hanoi.
Father Joseph Nguyen Van Phuong, the parish priest, urged them to pray for justice and truth and for a fair trial
for the students.
Church launches justice commission
Bishop pleads for halt to Vietnamese trial