Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Death row pregnancy raises questions

When news broke last month that a prison inmate had managed to avoid the death penalty by getting pregnant, the authorities were quick to come up with an explanation. State media reported that Nguyen Thi Hue had persuaded a male…

Concern at new police powers

New regulations that allow traffic police to requisition private vehicles and other property are likely to be exploited by corrupt and unscrupulous officers. That, at least, is the concern of many alarmed citizens in Ho Chi Minh City who have…

“Bloggers being held illegally”

Confusion is growing about the legal status of the blogger, “Ba Sam” and his assistant, who have now been held for 22 months without trial. Defence lawyers and family members have called for the release of the bloggers following a…

Vietnam evades censure with new tactics of repression

Vietnam has been accused of adopting sinister new techniques to suppress dissent. While foreign governments remain largely silent on widespread human rights violations in the country, a new report says the police are increasingly resorting to violence and intimidation to…

Vietnam rattled as tensions increase

The growing militarisation of the South China Sea is rattling nerves across the region as China, the United States and Vietnam all take steps to strengthen their presence in the disputed waters. If the US thought its ongoing despatch of…

Vietnam can be challenged on human rights commitments

The Vietnamese government is accused by its critics at home and abroad of systematically shirking its international commitments on human rights. Despite signing up to a number of human rights agreements at the United Nations, Vietnam rarely complies with its…

Imprisoned activist denied medical treatment

The Vietnamese authorities have been accused of denying medical treatment to an imprisoned land rights activist, Tran Thi Thuy, in circumstances that could amount to torture. Amnesty International said there were increasing fears for the health of Mrs Thuy, who…

Disappointment for pro-democracy advocates

The sight of a Vietnamese prime minister standing next to an American president, and asking for a bigger US role in the South China Sea, is still a startling one – for all the diplomatic contortions and adjustments of recent…

Obama urged to stress human rights

President Obama is under pressure to make human rights a key part of the agenda when he sits down with leaders from Vietnam and the nine other ASEAN countries in California today and tomorrow. Members of Congress and human rights…

China and Vietnam build military capabilities in disputed waters

Tensions are rising again in the South China Sea with reports that China has deployed surface to air missiles on the disputed Paracel Islands, which are also claimed by Vietnam. Vietnam is also strengthening its posture in the region, taking…