Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Vietnam remembers China border war

Small groups of people gathered in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to mark the anniversary of the brief border war with China, which is not officially commemorated by Vietnam’s communist government. Large numbers of police were deployed as mourners…

Police assault Formosa protest marchers

Police officers used violence and arrests to halt a march by hundreds of protesters demanding compensation for last year’s environmental disaster, which destroyed fish stocks off the central coast. A Catholic priest, Nguyen Dinh Thuc, led some five hundred parishioners…

Rights campaigner released after three years detention

The prominent activist, Bui Thi Minh Hang, has been released from prison after serving a three year sentence on public order charges. She was greeted by supporters as she emerged from the Gia Trung prison camp in the Central Highlands….

Campaign to free activist

Civil society groups are threatening to step up action against the detention of the human rights campaigner Tran Thi Nga, who has been held in isolation for nearly three weeks. Her arrest has been denounced by rights campaigners at home…

Religious groups vulnerable amid growing repression

The Vietnamese government’s sustained crackdown on dissent is triggering fears amongst religious communities about their own vulnerability to persecution. Some believe that a controversial new religious law passed late last year could leave them exposed to renewed harassment and intimidation…

Vietnam well placed for challenges

Subtle diplomacy, innate caution and rigorous contingency planning have left Vietnam relatively well placed to contend with a brave new world of regional insecurity. Vietnam’s communist leaders have also proved adept at seizing opportunities presented by the shifting sands of…

Vietnam told to stop treating journalists as criminals

More international pressure is needed to stop Vietnam treating journalists as criminals, say international human rights groups in response to a growing crackdown on dissent. At least twelve bloggers and other government critics have been arrested in the last five…

Vietnam eyes Trump moves with trepidation

President Trump’s first days in office will have confirmed many of Vietnam’s fears about his intentions for the region, and the waves of instability that can be expected during his administration. Vietnam’s communist leaders have long anticipated the demise of…

China and Vietnam move to ease tensions

When the leaders of two of the world’s least transparent ruling parties sit down for talks, it’s not realistic to expect a candid assessment from either side about the outcome. Pious statements, two-faced smiles and jealously guarded secrecy have long…

Violent assaults designed to intimidate young activists

It started as a class for young would-be activists eager to learn about their political rights. It ended a few weeks later with a police raid and vicious assaults on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. The violent attacks…