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Vietnam: 1. Are you aware of any monitoring activity by Vietnamese Embassies and Consulates of expatriate Vietnamese and Vietnamese citizens travelling or residing abroad? 2. How are Vietnamese citizens who have been involved in anti-regime activity overseas and who have been critical of the Vietnamese regime treated on return by the Government? Does this also apply to failed asylum seekers, and would the authorities? reaction be any different in these circumstances? 3. Are you aware of any reports of prosecution of returned asylum seekers by the Vietnamese authorities on the grounds that they sought asylum in Australia? 4. What is the current level of press censorship and freedom of speech in Vietnam? 5. What is the nature of the relationship between the press and Government in Vietnam? 6. How are people who have criticised the regime (for example, via internet or distribution of pamphlets) or have expressed anti-regime political views in Vietnam treated by the Government? 7. How are religious group leaders, who are perceived by the authorities as having become too political, treated by the authorities, e.g. Buddhist leaders, or other religious group leaders e.g. Protestant groups or those in so-called "home-based religions"? 8. Do local authorities at times act arbitrarily at the local level regardless of directions from the central authority?

24 March 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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