Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

UN Special Rapporteur: Vietnam lacks religious freedom

(VNRN) – Vietnam still fails to respect for a person’s faith and religious belief, the the U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Beilefeldt said in a press statement dated July 31. In addition, people in minority…

Vietnam’s independent labor union goes public

(VNRN) – The Free Viet Labor Confederation on June 9 issued a statement calling for the release of imprisoned labor activists and declaring their decision to come out with activities to protect “the legitimate rights of the undefended Vietnamese laborers.”…

Man beaten to death after police traffic stop

(VNRN) – A man, stopped by police for a sobriety check on June 25 in Ho Chi Minh City, insisted that a ticket be properly issued before they could seize his motorbike. Immediately after, two unknown assailants beat him up…

Jailed labor rights activist released early

(VNRN) – A Vietnamese labor rights activist was freed June 27 from a Hanoi prison after completing four of her 7-year sentence for organizing workers. Two other activists convicted at the same 2010 trial are still imprisoned. Do Thi Minh…

Appeal court affirms prison sentence for blogger Truong Duy Nhat

<- Police transport van arrives with blogger Truong Duy Nhat to the court of appeals in Da Nang. (Photo: huynhngocchenh.blogspot.de) (VNRN) – A lightning fast appellate hearing in Danang today affirmed the two-year sentence imposed on blogger Truong Duy Nhat (Trương…

Government bans Catholic church’s maritime map exhibit

(National Catholic Reporter) – An exhibit of historic maps detailing Vietnam’s maritime sovereignty of waters off the coast of Vietnam, recently disputed by China, planned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City for June 19, was forcibly canceled…

Vietnam rejects 45 human rights recommendations from UPR

(VNRN) – Vietnam rejected 45 of the recommendations by other countries to improve its human rights record, accepting the remaining 185 of them, at the June 20 meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, which concludes the Universal…