Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Activists released after scuffles with protesters

The Hanoi police released six democracy campaigners in the middle of the night after holding some for more than fourteen hours. The move followed violent scuffles outside police headquarters in Hai Ba Trung District after some thirty protesters went there…

Hanoi police round up activists

The police in Hanoi have swooped on the homes of well known democracy activists and taken six of them into custody. They include Le Thi Yen, the 23-year-old anchor of a new independent video news service being broadcast on Youtube….

Parents squeezed by health insurance hike

Parents have reacted with alarm and anger to a recent sharp rise in mandatory insurance premiums for school children. Some say the increase, from 3% to 4.5% of the minimum wage (1,150,000 dong or US$52) puts too heavy a burden…

Released blogger to continue fight from California

The independent blogger, Ta Phong Tan,  believes her release from prison at the weekend after serving three years of a ten year sentence was down to foreign pressure on the Vietnamese government. Speaking to Vietnam Right Now from exile in…

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…