Vietnam releases blogger Ta Phong Tan
Sept.21, Hanoi: Vietnam has released a high-profile blogger who has travelled to the United States. US pressing Vietnam to release more such dissidents from prison.
Terry White, a U.S. Embassy public affairs officer said, "We welcome the decision by Vietnamese authorities to release Ta Phong Tan who decided to travel to the United States after her release from prison."
Tan, 47, a former policewoman, was arrested in 2011 for writing about human rights and corruption on her blog. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spreading anti-state propaganda in a trial that also convicted fellow blogger Nguyen Van Hai, better known as Dieu Cay.
Human Rights Watch welcomed Tan's release, and said no one should have been jailed for peacefully expressing their views.
Over the past two years, several high-profile dissidents have been released and sent into exile in the United States, including Dieu Cay, who was released last October.
The Oslo Times