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Cablegate: Vietnam Likely to Support Defamation of Religion Resolution

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O R 080849Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0537
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0037
RUEHHI/AMEMBASSY HANOI
RUEHHM/AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY 0233

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STATE FOR EAP/MLS, IO/HR, DRL/IRF, DRL/MLGA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL UNGA UN VM
SUBJECT: Vietnam Likely to Support Defamation of Religion Resolution

REF: STATE 122637; DECEMBER 4 E-MAIL MARCHANT-DRL/IRF

(SBU)Poloff delivered Ref. A points to MFA International
Organizations Human Rights Section Desk Officer Nguyen Cam Linh
December 4. Linh said she would relay our position to senior MFA
officials, but offered Vietnam "likely" would continue to support
such resolutions to promote religious freedom globally. Poloff
stressed that the "Defamation of Religion" concept has been used as
an excuse to arrest and persecute minority groups. Linh said she
respected the U.S. position, but Vietnam must listen to its small
minority Muslim population that opposes any defamation of its
religion.
Michalak

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