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Hanoi fails on human rights

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On Tuesday night in Geneva, governments of the world will choose the four replacement nations to serve on the UN Human Rights Council. The 47 members of the core council rotate seats, with each member serving for three years. This year's election presents a particularly noteworthy seven countries for the selection process. All candidates are serial abusers of human rights. Asean, with its "all support one" policy, has been dragged into voting for the worst of all in the group. 

Vietnam's constitution guarantees freedom of speech, but Article 258 of the country's penal code is about "abusing democratic freedoms against the interests of the state". Giving freedom with one hand, and taking it away by state-enforced laws on the other is a common trait shared by all of today's abusive governments.

Every country up for election to the UNHRC this week has such constitutions and laws: Syria, China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Vietnam.

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