Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Germany vents anger over abduction

Germany has ordered the expulsion of a second Vietnamese diplomat and suspended the strategic partnership between the two countries in response to the suspected abduction of a former Vietnamese official. The German government said it had evidence that Trinh Xuan…

Growing disquiet about repression in Vietnam

Vietnamese activists have appealed for increased pressure from the international community over the government’s increasingly ruthless suppression of free speech. A delegation representing human rights defenders addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva amid signs that some in the…

Five years for activist after brief trial

A Vietnamese court has sentenced a political activist to five years in prison and four years of house arrest, as the authorities continue their campaign to silence prominent government critics. Police units arrived by truck to prevent relatives and supporters…

Death penalty for corruption ?

State prosecutors have called for the death penalty for the former chairman of the state oil company as the government’s anti-corruption drive gathers pace. Nguyen Xuan Son is on trial for embezzlement and abuse of power to usurp assets during…

Concern grows for Montagnard refugees

A group of Christian Montagnards have made desperate appeals for help from the international community as the Cambodian government prepares to return them to Vietnam. They say they face physical abuse and lengthy prison terms for defying the Vietnamese authorities…

Government wrestles with Facebook dilemma

Vietnam’s leaders have sniped, cajoled and threatened for years, but they are increasingly accepting the reality that Facebook is here to stay. Vietnam still resorts to violence, intimidation and long prison terms to intimidate its online critics, but even state…

Human rights education for schools

Vietnam is to introduce human rights education into the school curriculum, a policy that seems at odds with evidence of growing repression in the one party state. The Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has approved a pilot scheme that will…

Cyber attacks and naval drills underline China threat

China is reported to have stepped up cyber attacks on Vietnam and military exercises near disputed waters as it seeks to keep up pressure on its southern neighbour. The foreign ministry in Hanoi expressed “deep concern” about the naval drills,…

Green light for Blue Whale ?

Vietnam looks set to risk another confrontation with China by giving the go ahead for a big gas exploration project off its central coast. State media reported that the work led by the US energy giant, Exxon Mobil, could start…

Germany probes suspected “abduction plot”

Two suspects of Vietnamese origin, one a German federal employee, are being questioned by the German authorities over the abduction last month of the former Vietnamese official, Trinh Xuan Thang. A Vietnamese citizen, identified only as Long NH, was handed…