Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Famous blogger released – leaves for United States

One of Vietnam’s best known independent bloggers, Ta Phong Tan, has been released from prison after serving three years of a ten year jail term. Reports said that she was taken to the airport and put on a flight to…

China appears to be building new runway in South China Sea

China appears to be building a third airstrip on hotly contested territory in the South China Sea, according to expert analysis in Washington. Satellite images taken on September 8, and analysed by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS),…

Vietnam looks to Japan for help against China

The General-Secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, is visiting Japan this week – with security and defence concerns high on the agenda. Vietnam and Japan are the two Asian countries that feel most threatened by the growing power…

Cambodia to send back Montagnard refugees

Cambodia says some 200 Montagnards, who fled to the country claiming persecution in Vietnam, must return home within three months or face forced repatriation. 13 of the Montagnards  – ethnic minorities from the Central Highlands of Vietnam – have been…

Divisions in leadership could delay party congress

The Communist Party may delay its upcoming national party congress because of divisions over key issues according to a prominent foreign observer of Vietnamese politics. “There are signs that consensus has not been reached on a number of issues including…

Lack of regulation blamed for alarming surge in cancer rate

Cancer patient Mrs Nguyen Thi Nhan has been living in a narrow and dingy corridor at the Oncology Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for the last four years. The 60-year-old gets up at 4 o’clock every morning to help…

Failure to release political prisoners condemned

A US congressman has written to President Truong Tan Sang to express “extreme disappointment” that no political prisoners were included in a mass amnesty granted to mark National Day on September 2. Some 18,000 convicts were released, the second largest…

Veteran activist detained at airport

A prominent government critic, Dr Nguyen Quang A, was detained by police for 15 hours at Hanoi airport on Tuesday  September 1 after he arrived back from a foreign trip. He said the police wanted to find out where he…

No political prisoners freed in amnesty

Vietnam will release no political prisoners as part of this year’s amnesty to mark  independence day on September 2. 18,298 prisoners are to be freed under the amnesty decreed by the president – the second largest ever, according to government…