Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Environmental campaigner arrested on subversion charge

Police in the north-central province of Ha Tinh have arrested a female activist as the authorities continue their campaign to silence opposition voices. A police statement said that Tran Thi Xuan was being investigated on a charge of attempting to…

Authorities break promise on land dispute

The police are being accused of deliberate deception as they move to punish those who took part in a violent confrontation over land rights in April. At the time, the authorities were praised for their conciliatory approach as they defused…

Vietnam accused of denying health care to prisoners

Concern is growing for the health of some political prisoners in Vietnam amid reports that the government sometimes withholds adequate medical care to try to force confessions. Most at risk are prisoners with pre-existing conditions, who are held for months…

US navy sends message to Beijing

The US navy’s latest challenge to Chinese expansion in the South China Sea will be seen as a welcome boost by Vietnam as it mulls a forceful move of its own in the same area. The destroyer, USS Chafee, sailed…

Concern for Vietnamese in Cambodia

Vietnam has expressed concern at the treatment of tens of thousands of ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia who are being deprived of their Cambodian citizenship. The Cambodian authorities said last week that some 70,000 Vietnamese are to be declared illegal immigrants…

City boss falls in run-up to APEC

The dismissal of the Communist party chief in the booming coastal city of Danang has rocked Vietnam’s political establishment just weeks before the city plays host to world leaders including Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. Nguyen Xuan Anh, who also…

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…