Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

“Vietnam more tolerant and inclusive” – LGBT campaigners

Activists in Vietnam and abroad have warmly welcomed the decision by the National Assembly to grant some recognition to the estimated 270,000 transgender people in Vietnam. The Assembly last week approved a bill that would legalise sex reassignment surgery for…

Assault on labour activists – despite TPP

Two labour activists say they were detained and brutally beaten by police after taking up the case of some 2,000 workers sacked by a South Korean company. Do Thi Minh Hanh and Truong Minh Duc said they were repeatedly assaulted…

“Tougher penalties for government critics” – report

The Vietnamese government is planning even harsher penalties to stifle dissent and arrest its critics, according to a report by the New York based organisation, Human Rights Watch. The group called on the United States and other signatories to the…

Vietnam and Philippines to cooperate against China

Vietnam and the Philippines have upgraded their relationship to a “strategic partnership” – involving closer military cooperation – in a clear gesture of defiance to China. Meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Manila, President Truong Tan Sang…

Vietnamese activists welcome Myanmar Landslide

Pro-democracy activists in Vietnam have been celebrating the overwhelming opposition victory in the Myanmar election and have expressed hope it will inspire change in Vietnam. Many took to social media to express their delight at the sight of tens of…

Vietnam to allow free labour unions ?

Vietnam has agreed to wide ranging labour reforms, including allowing the formation of free and independent trade unions with the right to strike, under the terms of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreed last month. The complete text of the TPP,…

Xi tries to repair relations with Vietnam

The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, has left Vietnam after a two day charm offensive in which he tried to repair some of the damage to relations caused by their territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The two sides said…

Campaign stepped up against China visit

Activists in Vietnam have tried to step up their campaign against this week’s visit by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, accusing China of aggression in the disputed waters of the South China Sea and of trying to meddle in Vietnamese…

Xi to visit Hanoi amid rising tension in South China Sea

The long expected visit to Vietnam by the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, has been confirmed by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry despite rising tensions in the South China Sea. It said he would visit Hanoi on November 5-6. Some had speculated…

Catholics harassed in Central Highlands

The authorities in Vietnam’s Central Highlands are interfering in the internal affairs of the Catholic Church there and obstructing the construction of chapels, according to an outspoken bishop. He accuses the local government of blocking an invited priest from addressing…