Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Arrest sparks angry protest

The police have arrested a prominent activist, Hoang Duc Binh, for his role in an environmental campaign, provoking a tense confrontation with citizens. Mr Binh has been working with Catholic priests in Nghe An province to defend the rights of…

Government hand suspected in cyber espionage

Vietnam appears to have stepped up cyber espionage attacks on foreign interests and companies, according to a new report by the American cyber security firm, FireEye. It said foreign companies operating in Vietnam had been systematically targeted by hackers, the…

Party boss takes offensive on corruption

The General Secretary of the Communist party, Nguyen Phu Trong, has signalled that more senior officials are being targeted for corruption and maladministration. He told attendees at a town hall meeting in Hanoi that they should wait to hear about…

Authorities target priests on central coast

Tension is growing between the government and Catholic priests on the north-central coast as protests continue against the handling of last year’s devastating toxic leak. State media have accused two priests of inciting disorder. Officials are also thought to have…

Downfall of party highflyer suggests leadership infighting

The Communist party’s decision on Sunday to dismiss a prominent member of the Politburo could be the harbinger of further ructions in the leadership, according to observers. Dinh La Thang, who is also party boss in Ho Chi Minh City,…

Brazen assault alarms activists

A violent and prolonged attack on female environmental activists at a private home in Ho Chi Minh City has spread alarm among civil society campaigners. The brazen nature of the attack, and its subsequent posting on Facebook, seems designed to…

ASEAN failure undermines Vietnam

Vietnam has suffered another setback in its South China Sea policy with the failure of ASEAN leaders meeting to Manila to stand up to China’s expansion in the region. Vietnam’s aims have already been frustrated by the apparent incoherence of…

Vietnam tries to tame Facebook

Vietnam is claiming a step forward in its drive to rein in social media, saying that Facebook has agreed to cooperate in the fight against “toxic” content. A government statement said the company would set up channels for close coordination…

Government shows restraint over farmers’ revolt

For nearly a week villagers rose up and openly defied government authority, in a district just 40 kilometres from the capital, Hanoi. The confrontation, over a long simmering land dispute, came to a peaceful end on Saturday, with the residents…

Officials seek talks in hostage drama

The authorities appear to be seeking a peaceful solution to the standoff at Dong Tam commune near Hanoi, where villagers are continuing to hold nineteen police and officials hostage. The Mayor of Hanoi, Nguyen Duc Chung, failed in his first…