Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Lack of regulation blamed for alarming surge in cancer rate

Cancer patient Mrs Nguyen Thi Nhan has been living in a narrow and dingy corridor at the Oncology Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for the last four years. The 60-year-old gets up at 4 o’clock every morning to help…

Failure to release political prisoners condemned

A US congressman has written to President Truong Tan Sang to express “extreme disappointment” that no political prisoners were included in a mass amnesty granted to mark National Day on September 2. Some 18,000 convicts were released, the second largest…

Veteran activist detained at airport

A prominent government critic, Dr Nguyen Quang A, was detained by police for 15 hours at Hanoi airport on Tuesday  September 1 after he arrived back from a foreign trip. He said the police wanted to find out where he…

No political prisoners freed in amnesty

Vietnam will release no political prisoners as part of this year’s amnesty to mark  independence day on September 2. 18,298 prisoners are to be freed under the amnesty decreed by the president – the second largest ever, according to government…

Opposition to costly Ho Chi Minh statues

Opposition is growing to the government’s recently announced plan to erect  lavish statues across Vietnam to the former president, Ho Chi Minh. In the forefront of the criticism are some 140 intellectuals, religious figures and activists from civil society groups….

Fear of “currency war” sparks devaluation of dong

Vietnam’s devaluation of its currency this week is being seen as an attempt to keep weakening exports competitive in the light of the nearly two per cent devaluation by China on August 11. Despite much heated talk of currency wars…

Once loyal – defiant farmers question party leadership

In her late teens Mrs Hao used to mop floors for the French Foreign Legion and hope for a Communist victory. Now, at the age of 80, she comes to Hanoi from her village each week to protest outside government…

Battered and bruised, Green campaigners vow to fight on

Miss Thao might appear at first sight the perfect poster child for the Communist Party of Vietnam. From a hardscrabble upbringing in an ethnic minority village near the Chinese border, she has just qualified as a doctor at Hanoi’s most…

Kerry calls for more freedom in Vietnam

The American Secretary of State, John Kerry,  has said the United States will continue to defend basic freedoms despite improving relations with the Communist leadership in Vietnam. Speaking before talks in Hanoi with top leaders Mr Kerry said no-one should…