Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Mother Mushroom close to breaking point

Fears are growing for the safety of the jailed blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, because of poor conditions in prison and hostility from her fellow prisoners. She is reported to have warned her mother that she is close to breaking…

Communist party running scared over protests

The Vietnamese government fears the latest wave of demonstrations could coalesce into broad-based opposition to its rule and is deploying riot police and under-cover units across the country to suppress the protests. Police dragged activists from the streets of Ho…

New law to tighten controls on free speech

Vietnam has rushed through a new cyber security law aimed at tightening the government’s control of information and silencing its critics on the internet. The National Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill despite widespread alarm at home and abroad over the…

Protests expose government weakness on China

Large scale protests over the weekend have forced the government into retreat, obliging it to postpone plans for the establishment of new economic zones. Government leaders appealed for calm, appearing shocked by the extent of public anger and the scale…

Mass protests against Chinese plans

Protests have erupted in cities across Vietnam over fears that China will exploit new economic zones to increase its influence in the country. The demonstrations highlight deeply rooted anti-Chinese sentiment in the country and send a clear warning to the…

Leading dissidents released and exiled

The Vietnamese authorities have released and expelled one of the country’s most prominent dissidents, Nguyen Van Dai, and his assistant, Le Thu Ha. The pair arrived in the German city of Frankfurt on Friday morning following their surprise release. The…

EU urged not to ratify trade deal with Vietnam

Pressure is growing on the European Union to reject a free trade agreement with Vietnam because of growing political repression in the Southeast Asian nation. The agreement would cut tariffs and help boost trade and investment but has yet to…

China scare over investment zones

The government is struggling to finalise a law for the establishment of special economic zones following warnings that China could exploit them to expand its influence. Prominent economists, intellectuals, and some members of the National Assembly have added their voices…

Campaign for Nobel Peace Prize

The blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize a year after she was sentenced to ten years in prison for criticising the government. A history professor from Canada, Dr Marc Arnal, submitted her name…

Attempt to stop flight of corrupt officials

The Communist party has taken steps to prevent corrupt members from fleeing abroad, opening itself up to jibes that it’s bolting the stable door after the horse has bolted. The party has suffered severe embarrassment over the flight of wanted…