Tuesday, June 26, 1973
THE SUMMER DAILY
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Viet prisons still house thousands
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hospitals where, the allege,
political offenders are held.
"THIEU SEES everyone who
opposes him as a Communist,"
argues Ho Ngoc Nhuan, opposi-
tioo deputy in the National Ao-
sembly."And so the war be-
comes a war against all the peo-
"There are all kinds in prison
-monks, priests, students, teach-
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Varner claimed that "after
some discussion with HEW, we
are in mutual agreement that the
affirmative action plan we were
already in the process of doing
will be an adequate response"
Varner said that plan will not
be completed until later this sum-
THE BASIS for the present af-
firmative action plan was origi-
nated in 1970 when a discrimina-
tion suit filed by a local women's
group caused the University
massive losses in federal con-
tracts on a ruling by HEW's
civil rights office.
In its specific criticism of the
University employment situation,
the letter of findings points out
ers, politicians, old men, women,
Nhuan cites Hoa Bin newspa-
pers which last November quoted
Thieu's closest adviser, Hoang
Duc Nha, as saying 50,000 Com-
munists were rounded up he-
tween Oct. 31 and Nov. 9, 1972.
"If 50,000 were imprisoned in
nine days, how many were im-
prisoned in nine weeks, nine
months, nine years?" he asks.
that while the University reports
it has recruited more minority
and female applicants, 1972 data
indicates that the 17 highest pay-
ing positions were filled by 17
As a general trend, the letter
continues, the University's hiring
practices consider salary equity
without regard to the job classi-
fications women are hired into.
SINCE THERE are jobs at the
University that are segregated by
sex, the letter claims, "salary
discrepancies exist between men
and women in different job cate-
gories (one predominantly male,
the other predominantly female)
whose duties and responsibilities
are substantially equal and fre-
JUDGE TRAN THUC LINH,
now prominent in the prison re-
form movement, claims to have
seen interrogators pour sewage-
water into the mouths of prison-
ers until their bellies swelled.
Lin's accounts date back to
1968 and 1969, but he claims no-
thing has changed.
"I have seen ropes hooked to
the ceiling to hang a victim by
his arms during torture ses-
The file review system, which
officially expired last March, was
termed "not an effective mechan-
ism for the review of salary
discrepancies," by the H E W
communication. One p r o b 1 e m
with the system was that the
files of women employes were
not reviewed by the University
unless their predicted salary was
10 per cent or more above their
The University's nepotism pol-
icy was another point of con-
tention. The policy "has been in-
terpreted in such a way as to
consistently work against the
female" when both husband and
wife are employed by the Uni-
versity, the HEW letter claims.
sions," he said in an interview.
"I HAVE SEEN people cover-
ed in blood supporting people ev-
en bloodier back to their cells
The judge, who was himself
jailed for a month on unspecified
charges in 1968, claimed prison-
ers were beaten, pins stuck un-
der their finger-nails and electric
shocks administered to breasts,
ears and genitals.
He said prisoners were placed
in a barrel and water dripped on
thir heads "until the victims ei-
their heads "until the victims ei-
RECENTLY several ailing and
semi-paralyzed Vietnamese who
claim to have been released ear-
lier this year from the "Tiger
Cages" of the Con Son Island pri-
son told of squalid living condi-
tions and torture there.
But government officials said
no prisoners had been released
at the time these people said
they were and that the men are
imposters and their stories fab-
The government has since per-
mitted foreign diplomats to visit
Con Son. The diplomats reported
seeing no sign of brutality but
added that many inmates said
they did not know why they were
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