Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Police silent on lawyer’s “disappearance”

Concern is growing about the health and treatment of the human rights lawyer, Nguyen Bac Truyen, who state media said was arrested with three other pro-democracy campaigners at the end of last month. His wife says she has received no…

President re-emerges to demand tighter controls

The Vietnamese president, Tran Dai Quang, has called for tougher controls on the internet – an intervention that follows weeks of rumours about his own political future. The former internal security chief, who is well known for his intolerance of…

Anti-corruption campaign or political purge ?

China and Vietnam may be at loggerheads over territorial disputes, but the autocratic style of the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, is inspiring some admiration south of the border. The Vietnamese Communist party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, once dismissed as an…

Vietnam humbled by China

A drilling ship has left Vietnamese waters following Hanoi’s ignominious climbdown last month in its latest confrontation with China. The vessel, Deepsea Metro I, which was prospecting a lucrative gas field on the edge of Vietnam’s EEZ, is reported to…

Vietnam risks German backlash

Vietnam is risking an economic and diplomatic backlash from Germany by refusing Berlin’s demand to return the former oil executive, Trinh Xuan Thanh. It continues to insist that he returned home voluntarily to face charges of economic mismanagement, dismissing Germany’s…

China turns the screw

Vietnam is struggling to revive its China policy following a series of snubs and threats that have left it looking isolated and vulnerable. China’s last-minute cancellation of a meeting between the two foreign ministers – on the sidelines of the…

Fugitive’s testimony in Hanoi condemned as “Orwellian”

If Vietnamese agents planned a discreet operation to spirit the fugitive former oil executive, Trinh Xuan Thanh, back to Hanoi, the enterprise backfired spectacularly. They are alleged to have made their move in broad daylight at 10.40 on the morning…

Kidnap in Berlin – Vietnam infuriates Germany

Germany has accused Vietnam of kidnapping a former oil executive in Berlin and spiriting him back to Hanoi to face trial for corruption. It described the abduction as “an unprecedented and flagrant violation of German and international law” and said…

Police swoop on dissidents in series of raids

Police in Vietnam have arrested more political activists in coordinated raids across the country. A statement from the Ministry of Public Security said that four detainees were being held under Article 79 of the penal code on charges of attempting…

Nine years jail for criticising government

Vietnam is continuing its campaign to crush freedom of expression on the internet, sentencing the government critic, Tran Thi Nga, to nine years in prison and five years on probation. The verdict of the court in the northern province of…