Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

10 sentenced for protesting land grab

(VNRN) – Ten farmers protesting a local government’s unilateral confiscation of land were sentenced Apr 25 in Hanoi to prison terms ranging from 6 months to 5 years, even though the expropriation order has been found to violate the law….

In massive land grab, hundreds of police evict farmers

(VNRN) – The government continued its attempts to evict people from Duong Noi, a suburb of Hanoi, mobilized up to 1000 police with heavy machinery, attacked the people in tents and cleared all their properties and crops from 6.9 hectares…

Vietnamese activists in U.S. advocating for press freedom

(VNRN) – A group of bloggers and digital activists from Vietnam are visiting the United States to mark World Press Freedom Day and will participate in a series of public events in Washington D.C. to discuss the challenges and opportunities…

18-year-old found dead by hanging in police custody

(VNRN) – A young man was found dead “in a hanging position” on Apr 14 while he was in police custody in the coastal province of Quang Nam, a death that police quickly termed a suicide, according to several press…

U.K. issues ‘country of concern’ report on Vietnam

(VNRN) – The United Kingdom cites Vietnam as a “country of concern” in its latest annual human rights evaluations released Apr 10. The British Foreign Office‘s 2013 annual report concludes that the situation in Vietnam “remains of significant concern.” The…

Garment workers strike, demand back pay owed

(VNRN) – Workers struck at least two manufacturers in Vietnam last week, allegedly for failure to pay back wages of more than a month. Nearly 800 workers at garment manufacturer YS Vina Co., Ltd. in the city of Tam Ky,…

Two political prisoners released early

(VNRN) – Political prisoners Vi Duc Hoi (Vi Đức Hồi) and Nguyen Tien Trung (Nguyễn Tiến Trung) were freed Apr 12 before completing their full sentences. Both of whom have been the subject of international campaigns for their release. Hoi, 57 (pictured…