Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

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…

Land grab victims protest at Police Ministry

(VNRN) – Victims of massive land grab and families of those arrested brought their grievance to the center of power and held a protest at the Ministry of Police in Hanoi on Aug 8. More than 60 people marched under…

UN Special Rapporteur: Vietnam lacks religious freedom

(VNRN) – Vietnam still fails to respect for a person’s faith and religious belief, the the U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Beilefeldt said in a press statement dated July 31. In addition, people in minority…