US envoy visits Vietnam amid human rights concerns
Human rights were expected to top the agenda as the senior US diplomat on South-East Asia arrived in Hanoi Wednesday.
Vietnam is the second stop on a three-country tour for Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He arrived from Seoul and is to head to Cambodia Friday.
The visit came two weeks after Campbell called on Vietnam to improve its human rights record, saying it needed to do more to win support in Washington to expand cooperation.
At least 33 dissidents, bloggers and rights activists were imprisoned in Vietnam last year while 27 others were held without trial for their political and religious beliefs, according to Human Rights Watch.
Deutsche Presse Agentur - February 1st, 2012