Vietnam Christians imprisoned11 January 2013
Fourteen Christians in Vietnam have been given prison sentences after they were tried for "activities aimed at overthrowing the Government".
The group - who are all Catholics bar one - were sentenced to between three and 13 years. One was given a suspended sentence.
They are part of a group called Viet Tan, a US-based group calling for peaceful political reform.
Fr An Dang, a commentator on Vietnamese affairs, described the trial as "immoral" and that it was part of "a years-long campaign of political intimidation, harassment, and detention imposed upon Christians in Vietnam".
The human rights organisation Amnesty International said on Thursday that the activists' sentencing was unjustly severe and called for their unconditional release, adding that the arrests were part of a worrying trend.
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