Human Wrongs

Grading the behavior of others

Almost eight years after imposing its fierce brand of Communist rule over all of Viet Nam, Hanoi has a new claim to notoriety. "It seemed to me the worst country to live in," commented Elliott Abrams, the Assistant Secretary for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, as tie unveiled the State Department's annual human rights survey last week.

The report paints a grim portrait of Viet Nam. More than 60,000 political prisoners, it says, remained detained in "reeducation camps" without ever having been brought to trial. Citizens cannot travel, or...

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