Vietnam publishes human rights magazine

Vietnam, often criticized by Western governments and international groups for its poor human rights record, has published the first issue of a human rights magazine to help counter what it calls “erroneous and hostile allegations,” state media reported Thursday. The foreign minister said the monthly magazine would serve as one of the sources of information to disseminate the ruling Communist Party and state’s policies on human rights and help people inside and outside the country to understand “protecting human rights is the nature of our regime.” The U.S., European Union and international human rights groups have often criticized Vietnam for jailing religious and pro-democracy dissidents who peacefully raise their voices. Last month, Google criticized Hanoi for passing new regulations requiring public Internet sites to install software that could potentially block access to some websites and monitor user activity.

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