Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Repression increased after TPP talks

President Trump’s rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership last year encouraged the Vietnamese government to “drop its mask” and increase persecution of pro-democracy activists, according to the annual report by Human Rights Watch. The New York based group said that Vietnam’s…

Police urged to crush Communist party’s opponents

The Communist party boss, Nguyen Phu Trong, has called for total party control over all aspects of police work, as he steps up campaigns against corruption and political dissent. In a display of his rising confidence as Vietnam’s top leader,…

Heavy sentences requested for former party insiders

The former oil company executive, Trinh Xuan Thanh, is to be spared the death penalty but could face life imprisonment if convicted on corruption charges. Prosecutors also requested 14-15 years in prison for the disgraced former politburo member, Dinh La…

Former top officials in the dock

Vietnam’s most sensational trial for years has opened in Hanoi, with a former politburo member and a fugitive oil executive among 22 defendants facing corruption charges. The sight of the once powerful Communist party apparatchik, Dinh La Thang, being escorted…

Corruption trial set to rile Germany

Relations with Germany look set to deteriorate further as Vietnam prepares to put on trial a former oil industry executive allegedly kidnapped from Berlin in July. Trinh Xuan Thanh could face the death penalty if convicted on charges of embezzlement…

No escape: runaway agent returned to Hanoi

A fugitive Vietnamese property developer and intelligence agent has been arrested in Hanoi following a desperate bid for freedom that ended with his arrest in Singapore. Officials in Singapore said that Phan Van Anh Vu had been deported for using…

Fugitive held in Singapore

Vietnam’s domestic battles have again spilled over into a third country, with the detention in Singapore of a fugitive property developer and former intelligence officer. Lawyers told foreign media that Phan Van Anh Vu was detained last week at a…

Army joins battle for internet

An announcement that the Vietnamese military is joining an offensive against the free use of social media marks a significant escalation in the Communist party’s drive to reassert control. The army said it was deploying a 10,000 strong cyber warfare…

Courts move to silence government critics.

Vietnam’s judiciary has maintained its implacable approach to political dissent, confirming a nine year sentence for a prominent rights campaigner and jailing five others for flying the old Saigon flag. The rulings cap a year in which judges have willingly…

In the cross hairs again, but is PetroVietnam more than a scapegoat ?

In a country where corruption is a deeply entrenched and pervasive aspect of daily life, Vietnam’s much touted anti-graft campaign looks increasingly narrow and open to questions about its effectiveness. Many of the high profile arrests have focused on the…