US ‘deeply concerned’ as Vietnam jails environmentalist

US ‘deeply concerned’ as Vietnam jails environmentalist

US ‘deeply concerned’ as Vietnam jails environmentalist

US ‘deeply concerned’ as Vietnam jails environmentalist

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  • Nguy Thi Khanh, 46, was arrested in February “on a tax evasion accusation,” according to state-owned media. On Friday her NGO, GreenID, said she had been jailed for two years.
  • She had been among the few challenging the government’s plans to increase coal power to fuel economic development.
  • The first Vietnamese winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, Khanh convinced officials to strip 20,000 megawatts of coal power from national energy plan by 2030.
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The US  expressed “deep concern” on Sunday about a two-year prison sentence handed down this week in Vietnam to a high-profile environmental activist.

“The United States urges the Vietnamese government to release (Nguy Thi) Khanh, who has received international recognition for her efforts to advance climate change and sustainable energy issues in Vietnam.”

As well as other detained environmental activists working for the benefit of Vietnam and its people,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

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Khanh, 46, was arrested in February “on a tax evasion accusation,” according to state-owned media. On Friday her NGO, GreenID, said she had been jailed for two years.

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She had been among the few in the communist nation challenging the government’s plans to increase coal power to fuel economic development.

The first Vietnamese winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, Khanh and GreenID had convinced officials to strip 20,000 megawatts of coal power from the national energy plan by 2030.

But while the activist has received international acclaim, she has been the target of smear campaigns in her country.

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Khanh’s imprisonment comes as raids targeting corrupt officials and those implicated in economic scandals have intensified.

The communist regime does not tolerate dissent, and several dozen activists are in prison for speaking out against the authorities.

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