Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

New China row unsettles party

Vietnam has responded angrily to the landing of a Chinese aircraft on a reclaimed island in the disputed Spratly Islands. The foreign ministry accused China of violating Vietnamese sovereignty by sending a civilian aircraft to a newly created airfield at…

Internet critics warned

The Vietnamese government has warned against the use of the internet to attack the Communist Party, amid swirling rumours of divisions and infighting in the run-up to the party congress in January. It condemned what it called “toxic activity” on…

Party Congress set for late January

The Communist Party has finally confirmed the dates for next month’s long awaited party congress amid signs of growing repression, and little indication that a more transparent political system is emerging. Members of the Central Committee are due to select…

Growing calls for release of Nguyen Van Dai

Diplomats, human rights groups and politicians in the United States and Australia have demanded the release of the prominent human rights lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, who was arrested on Wednesday. The head of the EU mission in Hanoi, Bruno Angelet,…

Nguyen Van Dai detained on propaganda charge

Vietnamese police have detained one of Vietnam’s most prominent human rights campaigners, Nguyen Van Dai, as he prepared to meet European Union representatives who are in Hanoi for a human rights dialogue with the government. The Ministry of Public Security…

EU urged to condemn beatings

The European Union has been urged to hold Vietnam to account over escalating attacks on dissidents as the two sides sit down for their annual human rights dialogue. The EU and Vietnam concluded negotiations for a free trade deal this…

“Brutal attacks becoming routine” – Amnesty International

Amnesty International has condemned what it called a wave of vicious attacks on human rights defenders following the latest assault on the pro democracy activist, Nguyen Van Dai, and three of his associates. Amnesty said such brutal attacks had become…

Tree campaign brings down Hanoi boss

The head of the Hanoi People’s Committee has resigned, several months after the local government was forced to abandon a plan to cut down thousands of the capital’s famous old tress. Nguyen The Thao admitted there had been “shortcomings” in…

Suspicion still haunts US-Vietnam ties

Vietnamese leaders continue to harbour deep suspicions of US intentions despite recent improvements in relations, according to a new report published by the University of Sydney. It concludes that trading and investment ties will continue to improve, especially if the…