Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Activists confined during “human rights dialogue”

The Vietnamese authorities have prevented human rights campaigners from meeting a visiting delegation from the US State Department. The independent blogger, Pham Doan Trang, and the veteran political activist, Nguyen Quang A, were amongst those confined to their homes by…

Party calls for “dialogue” as repression continues

The Communist party has indicated that it is open to “dialogue and debate” with the people – a rare admission that the party does not hold all the answers. The proposal, from a leading member of the politburo, suggests that…

Arrest sparks angry protest

The police have arrested a prominent activist, Hoang Duc Binh, for his role in an environmental campaign, provoking a tense confrontation with citizens. Mr Binh has been working with Catholic priests in Nghe An province to defend the rights of…

Government hand suspected in cyber espionage

Vietnam appears to have stepped up cyber espionage attacks on foreign interests and companies, according to a new report by the American cyber security firm, FireEye. It said foreign companies operating in Vietnam had been systematically targeted by hackers, the…

Party boss takes offensive on corruption

The General Secretary of the Communist party, Nguyen Phu Trong, has signalled that more senior officials are being targeted for corruption and maladministration. He told attendees at a town hall meeting in Hanoi that they should wait to hear about…

Authorities target priests on central coast

Tension is growing between the government and Catholic priests on the north-central coast as protests continue against the handling of last year’s devastating toxic leak. State media have accused two priests of inciting disorder. Officials are also thought to have…

Downfall of party highflyer suggests leadership infighting

The Communist party’s decision on Sunday to dismiss a prominent member of the Politburo could be the harbinger of further ructions in the leadership, according to observers. Dinh La Thang, who is also party boss in Ho Chi Minh City,…

Brazen assault alarms activists

A violent and prolonged attack on female environmental activists at a private home in Ho Chi Minh City has spread alarm among civil society campaigners. The brazen nature of the attack, and its subsequent posting on Facebook, seems designed to…

ASEAN failure undermines Vietnam

Vietnam has suffered another setback in its South China Sea policy with the failure of ASEAN leaders meeting to Manila to stand up to China’s expansion in the region. Vietnam’s aims have already been frustrated by the apparent incoherence of…

Vietnam tries to tame Facebook

Vietnam is claiming a step forward in its drive to rein in social media, saying that Facebook has agreed to cooperate in the fight against “toxic” content. A government statement said the company would set up channels for close coordination…