Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Testing the waters – young activist returns after three years

The return of a dynamic young blogger and political activist is being seen as a test of the leadership’s attitude towards dissent following last month’s party congress. Nguyen Anh Tuan was detained on his arrival at Danang airport on January…

Victorious Trong justifies one-party rule

The victory of the communist old guard at the 12th party congress puts an end, for now, to a protracted power struggle that has riven the top levels of the Vietnamese leadership for years. The incumbent party boss, Nguyen Phu…

Dung falls in final battle

The political ambitions of Vietnam’s two-term prime minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, have been dashed following a prolonged confrontation with the current Communist Party boss, Nguyen Phu Trong. In a dramatic climax to the five yearly party congress currently meeting in…

Fear, superstition and propaganda as congress meets.

A heavy police presence, a tightening of censorship and the death of a “sacred” turtle have added to an already charged political atmosphere as Communist Party delegates meet to decide the future leadership of Vietnam. Plainclothes police surrounded the homes…

Congress meets amid discord and rumours

Some 1,500 delegates have gathered in Hanoi for a decisive Communist Party congress amid a febrile political atmosphere unprecedented in recent years. Social media networks have been awash for weeks with rumours of vicious infighting, letters of denunciation and even…

China sends rig back into disputed waters

Vietnam has accused China of dragging a giant oil drill rig back into disputed waters off its coast – a move that threatens to reignite tensions at a time of acute political sensitivity in Hanoi. Relations with China are a…

Dung sidelined ? Reports of upset at party meeting

State media have reported that the Central Committee of the Communist Party has reached “an overwhelming consensus” on the country’s new leadership. Unconfirmed reports indicated that the long time favourite to succeed as party boss, the two-term prime minister Nguyen…

Hanoi tense as leadership contest approaches climax

Political tension in Hanoi is rising as an intense struggle for the leadership of the Communist Party approaches its climax. Bloggers and other activists have been called in for long questioning sessions by police, who seem determined to prevent any…

Ba Sam trial set for eve of party congress

One of Vietnam’s highest profile political trials in years has been scheduled for the day before the Communist Party begins its much anticipated 12th National Congress. Nguyen Huu Vinh, who founded the Anh Ba Sam website, and his colleague, Nguyen…

Pressure increases for release of activists

Human rights groups from around the world have called on the Vietnamese government to release the lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, and his colleague, Le Thu Ha, who were arrested last month. In a joint statement, the 26 organisations from Europe,…