Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Repressive police chief becomes president

As Vietnam’s top policeman he gained notoriety as tormentor in chief of the country’s beleaguered dissidents. Now, as state president, Tran Dai Quang becomes the public face of Vietnam; one of whose early tasks will be greeting President Obama on…

Four jailed as crackdown continues

Vietnam is continuing its crackdown on dissent, with four more people sentenced to terms of imprisonment for challenging state authority. Three women farmers were jailed for up to four years for displaying flags of the old government of South Vietnam…

Party in a hurry as reshuffle gathers pace

Vietnam is moving quickly to install its reshuffled leadership following a contentious Communist party congress in January. The National Assembly formally elected the veteran party insider, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, as its first female chairperson. The move comes before elections…

New campaign to save trees

Environmental activists in Ho Chi Minh City have launched a campaign to save some of the city’s old trees, which have been marked for destruction as part of a development plan. They are hoping to emulate the protest movement staged…

Harsh sentence sends chilling signal

The harsh prison sentence imposed on the blogger, Ba Sam, has sent a chilling message to other bloggers and government critics across Vietnam. The sentence of 5 years was close to the maximum that can be imposed under article 258…

Government mulls response to independents

Some one hundred prospective independent candidates met the recent deadline to register for upcoming legislative elections. But as they put their names forward, at the beginning of a daunting vetting process for the May 22 National Assembly election, they were…

Police permit anti-China rally

Some 150 demonstrators staged a march in central Hanoi to mark the anniversary of a naval clash with China in which 64 Vietnamese sailors were killed. The protesters waved banners and posters and chanted slogans during an hour long demonstration…

China threat presents political danger for VCP

The growing confidence and belligerence of China in the South China Sea has exposed the vulnerability of Vietnam’s diplomatic and military position. It also presents a potential political challenge for the Vietnamese Communist party that could prove even more damaging….

EU accused of “maladministration” over trade deal

The European Ombudsman has accused the EU Commission of maladministration for its failure to undertake a human rights impact assessment over its free trade agreement with Vietnam. Emily O’Reilly told the Sub-Committee on Human Rights that the Commission’s refusal to…

Reduced sentence for teenager following outcry

A provincial court has reduced the jail sentence imposed on a teenager, who was convicted last year of causing deliberate injuries during a notorious land eviction case. Nguyen Mai Trung Tuan, who was 14 at the time of the incident,…