Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Anti-corruption campaigner jailed

An anti-corruption campaigner in the Central Highlands has himself been convicted of bribing police and  sentenced to four and a half years in prison. He was brought down after an attempted sting operation that the police managed to use against…

Anti-blogger crackdown continues

The Ministry of Public Security has announced the arrest of two more bloggers on suspicion of spreading anti-state propaganda. The charge, under article 88 of the penal code, has been used with increasing frequency by the authorities in what looks…

Tillerson offers little comfort for Vietnam

China’s apparent delight at the visit of the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, at the weekend will not have been matched by a similar sentiment in Hanoi. The decision by the US official not to challenge China publicly over…

Vietnam warns foreign companies over dissent

Vietnam is putting pressure on companies, including leading international brands,  in an effort to suppress online dissent, according to a report by the Reuters news agency. The government claimed it had already persuaded Google to remove 16 videos from its…

Police break up memorial for Spratly massacre

Police broke up an attempt to commemorate the anniversary of a bloody clash in which 64 Vietnamese sailors were killed by Chinese forces 29 years ago. At least two people were beaten by police after being arrested,  others were prevented…

Vietnam anxious for Trump reassurance

Vietnam has demanded that China put a stop to cruise ship tours of disputed islands in the South China Sea. The appeal came amid signs of growing anxiety in Hanoi about ties with the United States and the degree of…

Special rapporteurs intervene for “Mother Mushroom”

Five special rapporteurs of the UN’s Human Rights Council have contacted the Vietnamese government to urge the release of the blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who’s better known as Me Nam or Mother Mushroom. They expressed grave concern that she…

US highlights Vietnam’s rights abuses

The United States has painted a grim picture of human rights in Vietnam, highlighting the authorities’ use of arbitrary arrest, police violence and denial of fair trials. In its annual human rights report, the State Department noted that the National…

Formosa protesters defy police threats

Protesters have staged rallies across the country to demand the expulsion of the Taiwanese company, Formosa, for causing last year’s devastating chemical spill off the central coast. The largest demonstrations was reported in Nghe An province, where residents said several…

Vietnam offers help to Kim murder suspect

The Vietnamese government appears to be belatedly offering support to a Vietnamese woman accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia. The Vietnamese foreign ministry said that its embassy in the Malaysian capital was seeking lawyers for Doan Thi Huong,…