Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Tensions remain high despite hostage releases

The authorities are threatening tough reprisals against villagers who took police officers hostage during a violent confrontation over land. State media reported that at least half of the estimated 30 police and other officials being held captive were released on…

Tense confrontation over land dispute

The police have sealed off a district near the capital, Hanoi, after residents seized police hostages during a violent clash over a land dispute. Reports say that as many as 30 officials, many of them police, are being held captive…

Vietnam on “killing spree” – Amnesty

Vietnam has been on a “killing spree” in recent years, emerging as one of the world’s most prolific users of the death penalty. Amnesty International, in its annual death penalty survey, said that at least 429 people were executed in…

One year after Formosa – protests unsettle government

A year after tonnes of dead fish began washing up on the beaches of central Vietnam, the government is still reeling from the impact of one of the country’s worst national disasters. Almost weekly protests by affected communities in four…

Detained lawyer gets recognition from German judges

The German Association of Judges has named the detained Vietnamese lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, as recipient of its human rights prize for 2017. The organisation, Germany’s largest professional organisation of judges and public prosecutors, honours a lawyer every two years…

Vietnam in firing line on trade

Vietnam is facing the threat of possible trade retaliation from the United States following President Trump’s order of a thorough review of the giant US trade deficit. Vietnam last year ran a $32 billion trade surplus with the United States,…

Jailed activist honoured by the United States

The detained Vietnamese blogger known as Mother Mushroom has been honoured by the United States as one of 13 international women of courage. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was the only recipient not able to attend the ceremony, which was hosted…

Anti-corruption campaigner jailed

An anti-corruption campaigner in the Central Highlands has himself been convicted of bribing police and  sentenced to four and a half years in prison. He was brought down after an attempted sting operation that the police managed to use against…

Anti-blogger crackdown continues

The Ministry of Public Security has announced the arrest of two more bloggers on suspicion of spreading anti-state propaganda. The charge, under article 88 of the penal code, has been used with increasing frequency by the authorities in what looks…

Tillerson offers little comfort for Vietnam

China’s apparent delight at the visit of the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, at the weekend will not have been matched by a similar sentiment in Hanoi. The decision by the US official not to challenge China publicly over…