Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

War hero who turned on the Communist party

Perhaps only Ho Chi Minh himself could have delivered a more telling indictment of the Communist party. Colonel, Bui Tin, who has died in Parisian exile at the age of 90, was the ubiquitous hero of Vietnam’s wars of independence…

Vietnam risks Chinese ire with latest oil project

Vietnam is risking a belligerent response from China with its latest gambit to increase dwindling oil and gas production in the South China Sea. A new agreement to involve two Japanese firms in the latest project could be seen by…

House arrest for rights campaigner

A leading campaigner for rights and freedoms, Huynh Thuc Vy, has been placed under house arrest while she is investigated for defacing the national flag. Some thirty police officers arrived at Vy’s house in the small town of Buon Ho…

Slovakia in spotlight over Thanh abudction

Vietnamese agents are alleged to have celebrated with champagne after abducting the fugitive official, Trinh Xuan Thanh, from Berlin last July. A year later, they find themselves looking back on a botched job, the fallout from which continues to reverberate…

Spy case raises more questions

The jailing of a fugitive spy for nine years at a closed door trial in Hanoi this week has raised further questions about the Communist party’s handling of Vietnam’s latest espionage drama. Phan Van Anh Vu made a dramatic bid…

Closed trial of intelligence and security officials

A Communist party purge directed at senior public security and intelligence officials appears to be reaching its climax, with a secret trial of former agents in Hanoi and the dismissal and demotion of their alleged collaborators. The police threw a…

Vietnam frees American after US pressure

A Vietnamese court has ordered the immediate deportation of American citizen, William Nguyen, on a charge of disturbing public order. It said it gave a lenient sentence because it was the defendant’s first offence and he had expressed repentance for…

Censorship and defiance as government reels from protests

The Vietnamese government is censoring its own media and putting an American citizen on trial as it struggles to respond to the aftermath of last month’s nationwide demonstrations. The decision on Tuesday to suspend the online edition of the state…

Confession pins abduction on Vietnam

A sudden confession by the defendant in the Berlin kidnap case has heaped further discomfort on the Vietnamese government, which continues to deny any involvement in the abduction. Long NH is on trial in Berlin for his role last July…

Vietnam going backwards on human rights

Vietnam is one of the most repressive countries in Asia which has failed to meet any of the commitments it made to the UN’s human rights body four years ago. That’s the conclusion of Human Rights Watch in its submission…