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
Court sentences four Catholic students
Three receive more than three-year prison terms, while fourth gets suspended sentence for alleged anti-government activities
- ucanews.com reporter, Bangkok
- May 25, 2012
The Peopleâ€™s Court of Nghe An Province in Vinh city sentenced Anthony Dau Van Duong, Peter Tran Huu Duc and Anthony Chu Manh Son, all 23, to 42, 39, and 36 months in prison, respectively, followed by 1-1.5 years of house arrest.
The fourth defendant, John Baptist Hoang Phong, 24, who had no lawyer at the court, was given a suspended sentence of 24 months.
Some 1,000 local people including Catholics and two priests gathered outside the court with banners reading â€śOur children are innocentâ€ť and â€śProtest illegal arrests,â€ť while policemen and security officials stood by.
The defendants were accused of passing out 5,000 leaflets in May 2011 that demanded a multiparty system, criticized Communist Party policies and rejected the results of last year's national assembly election.
â€śYouâ€™re innocent. Be brave! All people stand by you,â€ť Chu Van Nghiem, Sonâ€™s father, said in court before he was removed by security officials, local Church sources reported.
Church sources also said the defendantsâ€™ relatives and lawyers plan to lodge an appeal to a higher court immediately.
Since 2011, as many as 27 bloggers, dissidents, and activists in the country have been detained and accused of anti-government propaganda.
Catholic students to stand trial