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Four prisoners of conscience have been given food tainted with lead, broken glass and chemicals

Vietnam religious prisoners given contaminated food

A file image of a Vietnamese police officer outside the Phuoc Co jail on the outskirts of the southern coastal town of Vung Tau. (Photo by AFP) reporter, Ho Chi Minh City

October 12, 2016

Prisoners of conscience have been offered contaminated food and drinking water after they protested for equal treatment in a prison camp in southern Vietnam, says the wife of one of those held.

"My husband and other prisoners have been given food mixed with fragments of broken glass and lead, and drinking water that smelt of insecticide," Tran Thi Hong said, adding that they also received food mixed with dead flies.

Her husband, Lutheran Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2011 for undermining national solidarity under Article 87 of the Vietnam penal code.

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