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Mary Magdelene Nguyen Ngoc Nhy Quynh is a 38-year-old Catholic blogger who has countered the communist government’s treatment of religious minorities and repression of human rights. She was accused of propaganda against the communist government and was just sentenced to 10 years in prison. The sentence has been condemned as overly heavy and not appropriate, especially for a single mother. Despite the sentence, Mary contended that she wouldn’t change her blog posts or stop fighting for human rights in Vietnam.

07/03/2017 Vietnam (UCA News) – A Vietnamese court has sentenced a Catholic blogger to 10 years in prison for propaganda against the communist government, a sentence that activists describe as “heavy.”

Mary Magdelene Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 38, also known as “Mother Mushroom,” was tried at the People’s Court of Khanh Hoa province in Nha Trang City, June 29. The roads leading up to the court were blocked while police lined the streets.

Many lawyers have spoken out in Quynh’s support via Facebook saying the sentence is too “heavy and inhumane.”

“I am really surprised by the 10-year sentence that shows the government’s inhumanity to a single young mother,” Catholic lawyer Le Cong Dinh said. “I did not realize what a state of panic the ruling party is in.”

However, he said, “It is certain that in her lifetime she will witness the death knell of the regime that sentenced her.”

Only three of the five lawyers Quynh had requested were present at the trial. Her lawyers demanded the trial be postponed but the judges rejected the appeal. One lawyer was refused the opportunity to meet with Quynh before the trial.

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