Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Vietnam has the most political prisoners in Southeast Asia: FIDH

Finding that Vietnam “holds the highest number of political prisoners in Southeast Asia,” the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on March 13 called for the country to “immediately and unconditionally release the over 200 political prisoners who are languishing in jails…

Police beats man, rubs jalapenos pepper on his groin

(VNRN) – A young man, suspected of involvement in a fight, was badly beaten by the police who went as far as rubbing raw jalapenos pepper on his groin, Vietnamese media reported. Four police took turn hitting and kicking Huynh…

Brotherhood For Democracy calls for blogger’s release

(VNRN) – Almost immediately after the trial in which blogger Truong Duy Nhat (Trương Duy Nhất) was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for allegedly “abusing the rights of freedom” in criticizing government officials, the Brotherhood for Democracy on Mar….

Blogger sentenced to 2 years for criticizing officials

(VNRN) – A Vietnamese court on Mar. 4 sentenced a prominent blogger to two years in jail for posting online content critical of government and Communist Party officials. Truong Duy Nhat (Trương Duy Nhất), a former journalist for state media,…

Activists, Hoa Hao Buddhist charged after police beating

(VNRN) – A prominent land’s right advocate, an activist, and a Hoa Hao Buddhist were charged with resisting the police and causing public disorder after being beaten and detained for no reason while on the road in Dong Thap province…

Student beaten by police, hospitalized

(VNRN) – A high school student riding his bicycle into what turns out to be a one-way street in Thua Thien-Hue province on Feb. 27 was beaten by police and had to be hospitalized, according to Vietnamese news reports. Pham…

Vietnam Path Movement meets Vietnamese-Norwegians

The Vietnam Path Movement met in Oslo on Feb 21 with a group of local Vietnamese and presented the group’s goals and activities. Dr. Nguyen Cong Huan, representing VPM, attended a community gala of about 300 people and spoke on…

Prominent blogger prosecuted for criticizing the government

(VNRN) – A prominent blogger was charged with “abusing democratic freedoms” for 12 articles criticizing the government, including several blog post where he gave grades to top government and Communist Party officials. Truong Duy Nhat (Trương Duy Nhất), author of…

Second police attack on activist before meeting with diplomats

(VOA) – A high-profile activist and his wife say they were attacked by police Feb. 24 in while on the way to the Australian Embassy to discuss Vietnam’s human rights, including previous police attacks on themselves and other dissidents. Nguyen Bac…