Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Hope for Will Nguyen, but not for broader rights and freedoms

The visiting American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has raised the case of a detained American graduate student during his talks with top leaders in Hanoi. His intervention may help secure an early release for Will Nguyen who was arrested…

Journalist faces jail for criticising government policy

The blogger and journalist, Le Anh Hung, is facing years in prison for openly challenging the government’s plans to set up new economic zones. Hung was arrested on a charge of “abusing democratic freedoms” which carries a jail sentence of…

Flight from Facebook over security scare

A trickle of Vietnamese people abandoning Facebook is becoming a flood amid fears that the company will comply with a government drive to control data and spy on its critics. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese have signed up to the…

Mother Mushroom close to breaking point

Fears are growing for the safety of the jailed blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, because of poor conditions in prison and hostility from her fellow prisoners. She is reported to have warned her mother that she is close to breaking…

Communist party running scared over protests

The Vietnamese government fears the latest wave of demonstrations could coalesce into broad-based opposition to its rule and is deploying riot police and under-cover units across the country to suppress the protests. Police dragged activists from the streets of Ho…

New law to tighten controls on free speech

Vietnam has rushed through a new cyber security law aimed at tightening the government’s control of information and silencing its critics on the internet. The National Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill despite widespread alarm at home and abroad over the…

Protests expose government weakness on China

Large scale protests over the weekend have forced the government into retreat, obliging it to postpone plans for the establishment of new economic zones. Government leaders appealed for calm, appearing shocked by the extent of public anger and the scale…

Mass protests against Chinese plans

Protests have erupted in cities across Vietnam over fears that China will exploit new economic zones to increase its influence in the country. The demonstrations highlight deeply rooted anti-Chinese sentiment in the country and send a clear warning to the…

Leading dissidents released and exiled

The Vietnamese authorities have released and expelled one of the country’s most prominent dissidents, Nguyen Van Dai, and his assistant, Le Thu Ha. The pair arrived in the German city of Frankfurt on Friday morning following their surprise release. The…

EU urged not to ratify trade deal with Vietnam

Pressure is growing on the European Union to reject a free trade agreement with Vietnam because of growing political repression in the Southeast Asian nation. The agreement would cut tariffs and help boost trade and investment but has yet to…