Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

“Hostile forces” out to destroy Communist party: police

Vietnam’s top security official has warned that “hostile forces” are out to topple the government, as four activists were sentenced to lengthy jail terms in one week. A doctor and influential blogger, Ho Van Hai, received a four year term…

Drive to crush dissent enters third year

A court in Hanoi has sentenced three pro-democracy activists to lengthy jail terms as an enhanced crackdown on dissent enters its third year. Vu Quang Thuan, Nguyen Van Dien and Tran Hoang Phuc were accused of conducting propaganda against the…

Exiles accused of terrorism

Vietnam has designated a US-based opposition group a “terrorist organisation” following an alleged plot to detonate bombs at Ho Chi Minh City’s airport last year. The public security ministry said that the Provisional National Government of Vietnam, based in Anaheim…

Humbled and sentenced: former officials convicted of corruption

A court in Hanoi has handed out long prison sentences to once prominent figures in the Communist party in a clear demonstration of the power and ambition of the party’s current leadership. The former politburo member, Dinh La Thang, and…

Repression increased after TPP withdrawal

President Trump’s rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership last year encouraged the Vietnamese government to “drop its mask” and increase persecution of pro-democracy activists, according to the annual report by Human Rights Watch. The New York based group said that Vietnam’s…

Police urged to crush Communist party’s opponents

The Communist party boss, Nguyen Phu Trong, has called for total party control over all aspects of police work, as he steps up campaigns against corruption and political dissent. In a display of his rising confidence as Vietnam’s top leader,…

Heavy sentences requested for former party insiders

The former oil company executive, Trinh Xuan Thanh, is to be spared the death penalty but could face life imprisonment if convicted on corruption charges. Prosecutors also requested 14-15 years in prison for the disgraced former politburo member, Dinh La…

Former top officials in the dock

Vietnam’s most sensational trial for years has opened in Hanoi, with a former politburo member and a fugitive oil executive among 22 defendants facing corruption charges. The sight of the once powerful Communist party apparatchik, Dinh La Thang, being escorted…

Corruption trial set to rile Germany

Relations with Germany look set to deteriorate further as Vietnam prepares to put on trial a former oil industry executive allegedly kidnapped from Berlin in July. Trinh Xuan Thanh could face the death penalty if convicted on charges of embezzlement…

No escape: runaway agent returned to Hanoi

A fugitive Vietnamese property developer and intelligence agent has been arrested in Hanoi following a desperate bid for freedom that ended with his arrest in Singapore. Officials in Singapore said that Phan Van Anh Vu had been deported for using…