Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Prison sentences imposed on farmers for protesting land grab

VNRN – Three land activists from Duong Noi [Dương Nội], a village in suburban Hanoi mostly known for its long-standing land disputes, on Friday appeared before the Ha Dong People’s Court. While they were on trial, dozens of their supporters…

Independent CSOs discuss Universal Periodic Review

(VNRN) – Three independent human rights organizations met Friday in the first open seminar for Vietnamese CSOs to discuss the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), titled “UPR Vietnam: Process, Potential and Practice.” The meeting, co-organized by the Vietnam Path Movement, Civil…

Bloggers launch right to know campaign on Facebook

(VNRN) – In a massive show of force, Vietnamese bloggers and activists took to Facebook simultaneously on Vietnam’s National Day and launched a campaign for the people’s right to know, holding signs saying “I want to know” and asking for information…

Harsh sentence slapped on prominent activist

(VNRN) – A prominent activist and two companions on Aug. 26 received prison sentences in southern Dong Thap province of more than two years each for “disrupting public order” by “obstructing traffic.” Bui Thi Minh Hang (Bùi Thị Minh Hằng), 50,…

Vietnam prosecutes activist under ‘bogus’ charges: HRW

(HRW) – Vietnamese authorities should drop politically motivated charges against three activists and immediately release them, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 26, 2014, the People’s Court of Dong Thap province is scheduled to hear the case of Bui Thi…

Young man dies after encounter with motorcycle police

(VNRN) – A young man died Aug. 19 from injuries suffered after police on motorcycle ran his motorbike into a median in Gia Lai province in the Central Highlands. Le Hoai Thuong (Lê Hoài Thương), 20, was one of three…

Rights group files complaint over EU-Vietnam trade talks

(VOA) – The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) says it has filed a complaint with the European Union over its free trade talks with Vietnam. FIDH Permanent representative to the EU in Brussels, Gaëlle Dusepulchre, says in an interview with…

Rights activist held upon return from UN talks

(Photo left: Blogger Pham Le Vuong Cac (right) with fellow UPR delegates Nguyen Quang A (right) and Trinh Huu Long at the United Nations Human Right Council in Geneva.) (RFA) – Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City held activist Pham…