Sadly, while the rest of the world celebrates Christmas, the Vietnamese charged Vietnamese lawyer Le Cong Dinh with working to overthrow the state. I also noticed that a leading Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, was jailed for 11 years following a sham trial. It is legal activists like Le Cong Dinh and Liu Xiaobo who are the key ingredient in promoting the rule of law in Asia. All too often, they end up suffering for their beliefs. However, if we can take a moment to remember them this Christmas and recognize their efforts, we will have granted them a small victory.
“Rule by Hukum” wishes you all the best this Christmas and a great New Year!