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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 8. 19th April 1973

Thieu not so Beautiful

Thieu not so Beautiful

While World Vision is planning to "do something beautiful" for the local fascists in Indochina, the Thieu regime is still holding about 300,000 political prisoners in its jails. The C.O.V. participated in a recent delegation to the Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joe Walding, about 5 leaders of the Young Christian Workers Movement who have been kept in prison after being found not guilty by a Military Court.

Although Walding agreed to take up the case of the Y.C.W. leaders with the New Zealand Embassy in Saigon and the Thieu Embassy in Wellington, the Government has shown little concern about all the other prisoners. It still insists that the Saigon regime is holding only 21,000 prisoners, even though respectable organisations like Amnesty International and the International Committee of Conscience have estimated the number of prisoners at 15 times this figure.

When he was in New Zealand Wilfred Burchett reported that Vietnamese exiles in Paris have documented evidence of Black Lists of political prisoners marked down for execution by the Thieu regime. According to the Peace Agreement political prisoners have to be released by the end of April but so far practically none have been released by Thieu.