U.S. Urges Vietnam To Release Prisoners of Conscience

A senior U.S. rights official said on Friday that the United States wants Vietnam to release some "prisoners of conscience" in the coming weeks as the U.S. Congress weighs its approach to a Pacific Rim trade treaty. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade pact that would stretch from Japan to Chile, could be a boon to the Vietnamese economy and is a key point of U.S. leverage as it seeks to push Vietnam to improve its human rights record. Tom Malinowski, U.S.