Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Harsh response to report on environmental protest

A court in Vietnam has sentenced a blogger and environmental campaigner to 14 years in prison – one of the heaviest sentences for an activist in recent years. The punishment reveals the Communist party leadership’s sense of alarm over organised…

“Hostile forces” out to destroy Communist party: police

Vietnam’s top security official has warned that “hostile forces” are out to topple the government, as four activists were sentenced to lengthy jail terms in one week. A doctor and influential blogger, Ho Van Hai, received a four year term…

Drive to crush dissent enters third year

A court in Hanoi has sentenced three pro-democracy activists to lengthy jail terms as an enhanced crackdown on dissent enters its third year. Vu Quang Thuan, Nguyen Van Dien and Tran Hoang Phuc were accused of conducting propaganda against the…

Exiles accused of terrorism

Vietnam has designated a US-based opposition group a “terrorist organisation” following an alleged plot to detonate bombs at Ho Chi Minh City’s airport last year. The public security ministry said that the Provisional National Government of Vietnam, based in Anaheim…

Humbled and sentenced: former officials convicted of corruption

A court in Hanoi has handed out long prison sentences to once prominent figures in the Communist party in a clear demonstration of the power and ambition of the party’s current leadership. The former politburo member, Dinh La Thang, and…

Repression increased after TPP withdrawal

President Trump’s rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership last year encouraged the Vietnamese government to “drop its mask” and increase persecution of pro-democracy activists, according to the annual report by Human Rights Watch. The New York based group said that Vietnam’s…

Police urged to crush Communist party’s opponents

The Communist party boss, Nguyen Phu Trong, has called for total party control over all aspects of police work, as he steps up campaigns against corruption and political dissent. In a display of his rising confidence as Vietnam’s top leader,…

Heavy sentences requested for former party insiders

The former oil company executive, Trinh Xuan Thanh, is to be spared the death penalty but could face life imprisonment if convicted on corruption charges. Prosecutors also requested 14-15 years in prison for the disgraced former politburo member, Dinh La…

Former top officials in the dock

Vietnam’s most sensational trial for years has opened in Hanoi, with a former politburo member and a fugitive oil executive among 22 defendants facing corruption charges. The sight of the once powerful Communist party apparatchik, Dinh La Thang, being escorted…

Corruption trial set to rile Germany

Relations with Germany look set to deteriorate further as Vietnam prepares to put on trial a former oil industry executive allegedly kidnapped from Berlin in July. Trinh Xuan Thanh could face the death penalty if convicted on charges of embezzlement…