Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Pressure over party chief’s visit to Washington

Pro-democracy representatives from the Vietnamese community have met White House officials in Washington in advance of the upcoming visit by the Communist party chief, Nguyen Phu Trong. Reports from Washington said the activists called on the National Security Council to…

Dissident voices: Dr Nguyen Quang A

Dr Nguyen Quang A laughs as he explains the cat and mouse games he’s obliged to play with the police and Communist party henchmen. As a prominent intellectual and dissident, he and a network of fellow writers face frequent warnings…

Leadership contest thrown open by minister’s illness

After days of rumours about the health of the Defence Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh, officials have confirmed that he had an emergency operation for a lung tumour in Paris. A powerful conservative with a pro-China background, General Thanh has…

Rights activists question US arms sales to Vietnam

(VOA) – The announcement last week that the United States is partially lifting an arms ban on Vietnam has been welcomed as an important step in warming ties between the two nations. However, human rights activists have criticized the move. Despite…

Prison sentences imposed on farmers for protesting land grab

VNRN – Three land activists from Duong Noi [Dương Nội], a village in suburban Hanoi mostly known for its long-standing land disputes, on Friday appeared before the Ha Dong People’s Court. While they were on trial, dozens of their supporters…

Independent CSOs discuss Universal Periodic Review

(VNRN) – Three independent human rights organizations met Friday in the first open seminar for Vietnamese CSOs to discuss the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), titled “UPR Vietnam: Process, Potential and Practice.” The meeting, co-organized by the Vietnam Path Movement, Civil…

Bloggers launch right to know campaign on Facebook

(VNRN) – In a massive show of force, Vietnamese bloggers and activists took to Facebook simultaneously on Vietnam’s National Day and launched a campaign for the people’s right to know, holding signs saying “I want to know” and asking for information…

Harsh sentence slapped on prominent activist

(VNRN) – A prominent activist and two companions on Aug. 26 received prison sentences in southern Dong Thap province of more than two years each for “disrupting public order” by “obstructing traffic.” Bui Thi Minh Hang (Bùi Thị Minh Hằng), 50,…