Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Another blogger arrested as repression intensifies

The Vietnamese government is continuing its campaign to silence independent voices, with the arrest of a 29-year-old blogger in Thanh Hoa province south of the capital. State media said that Nguyen Danh Dung had posted some 700 video clips defaming…

Cao Dai parishioners targeted

The destruction of their temple last year was the culmination of years of discrimination and harassment for the Caodaists of Tuy An. The parishioners say they are being punished for rejecting state control of their religion. Some four million Vietnamese…

Long prison terms for democracy campaign

A former army officer and his colleague have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. In a swift one day trial in Thai Binh province just south of Haiphong, Tran Anh Kim, a…

Compensation delays fuel anger

Protesters briefly blocked Highway One in north-central Vietnam on Monday, as anger grows over the level of compensation being offered to victims of the Formosa environmental disaster. A few hundred demonstrators, mainly women, sang songs and waved banners in the…

China angry at Vietnamese “construction” on Spratlys

China has warned Vietnam to stop construction work in the disputed Spratly Islands – the latest sign that trust between the neighbouring countries remains dangerously low. Earlier reports said Vietnam had begun dredging work on one of the reefs it…

Formosa reprimands fail to reassure residents

A number of local officials have received official reprimands for their role in the Formosa poisoned fish disaster, a move seen as wholly inadequate by campaigners demanding full accountability. State media reported that an official in the environmental police division…

Civil Society in limbo as draft bill shelved

New legislation to regulate civil society organisations in Vietnam has again been postponed, amid warnings of anti-state subversion. The National Assembly had been expected to vote on the latest draft of the bill on associations in the middle of this…

Vietnam amongst worst for internet freedom

Vietnam has been rated one of the world’s worst violators of Internet freedom, achieving a worse score than Saudi Arabia, Russia and Sudan, in an annual survey by Freedom House. The survey said Vietnam was the country with least Internet…

Torture alert on detained activists

United Nations officials are concerned that three Vietnamese activists detained this month under national security laws may have been subjected to torture. The UN human rights office for South-East Asia expressed serious concern about the arrest of the activists, and…

Government fines press over food scare

The government has slapped fines on some fifty news organisations for running what it says were false allegations in Vietnam’s latest food scare – contaminated fish sauce. It follows a series of other moves by the authorities to discipline official…