Amnesty International is happy to report that Father Ly was released from prison on February 1, 2005, as part of a general amnesty to mark Tet, the Lunar New Year. More than 8,000 prisoners were reportedly included in the amnesty, although few political prisoners benefited from it. In addition to Father Ly, Amnesty International has confirmed the release of three other prisoners of conscience -- Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, Thich Thien Minh, and Nguyen Dinh Huy. Each of these men had been the subject of action by AIUSA.
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Oman: Health of Activist Seriously Deteriorating (UA 318/14)
An Omani human rights activist on hunger strike was transferred to the capital on 26 January, despite his deteriorating health. The next day he was taken to court, on a hospital stretcher, charged with “undermining the status and prestige of the state”. He is a prisoner of conscience.