Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Prominent blogger prosecuted for criticizing the government

(VNRN) – A prominent blogger was charged with “abusing democratic freedoms” for 12 articles criticizing the government, including several blog post where he gave grades to top government and Communist Party officials. Truong Duy Nhat (Trương Duy Nhất), author of…

Second police attack on activist before meeting with diplomats

(VOA) – A high-profile activist and his wife say they were attacked by police Feb. 24 in while on the way to the Australian Embassy to discuss Vietnam’s human rights, including previous police attacks on themselves and other dissidents. Nguyen Bac…

Activist released after brutal arrest

(VOA) – A well-known Vietnamese human rights activist has been released from detention, just 24 hours after he says he was brutally arrested inside his home. Nguyen Bac Truyen says hundreds of police and undercover agents raided his home in…

Hoa Hao Buddhist group beaten, arrested

(VNRN) – A group of Hoa Hao Buddhists and their friends, on the way to visit a fellow Hoa Hao friend in Dong Thap province, were ambushed by police, badly beated, and arrested on Feb. 12. A group of 21…

Hundreds of police attack activist at home

(VOA) – Hundreds of police and plainsclothes officials raided the home of a Vietnamese human rights lawyer and arrested him in the southern province of Dong Thap on Feb. 9, just days before his planned wedding. Witnesses say Nguyen Bac Truyen…

BLOG: ‘Giao Thua’ – Tet’s eve

by Hoi Trinh Moscow, Russia. It’s exactly 12pm here in Moscow. And 12am in California where I am heading to, the one place I want to be at this hour of ‘giao thua’. When the clock strikes at midnight bidding…

Security agents assault monk of banned Buddhist church

(RFA) – Vietnamese plainclothes security agents have assaulted a prominent monk as part of a greater crackdown on the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) following its announcement of a new executive committee, an affiliated advocacy group said on…