Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Vietnam warns foreign companies over dissent

Vietnam is putting pressure on companies, including leading international brands,  in an effort to suppress online dissent, according to a report by the Reuters news agency. The government claimed it had already persuaded Google to remove 16 videos from its…

Police break up memorial for Spratly massacre

Police broke up an attempt to commemorate the anniversary of a bloody clash in which 64 Vietnamese sailors were killed by Chinese forces 29 years ago. At least two people were beaten by police after being arrested,  others were prevented…

Vietnam anxious for Trump reassurance

Vietnam has demanded that China put a stop to cruise ship tours of disputed islands in the South China Sea. The appeal came amid signs of growing anxiety in Hanoi about ties with the United States and the degree of…

Special rapporteurs intervene for “Mother Mushroom”

Five special rapporteurs of the UN’s Human Rights Council have contacted the Vietnamese government to urge the release of the blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who’s better known as Me Nam or Mother Mushroom. They expressed grave concern that she…

US highlights Vietnam’s rights abuses

The United States has painted a grim picture of human rights in Vietnam, highlighting the authorities’ use of arbitrary arrest, police violence and denial of fair trials. In its annual human rights report, the State Department noted that the National…

Formosa protesters defy police threats

Protesters have staged rallies across the country to demand the expulsion of the Taiwanese company, Formosa, for causing last year’s devastating chemical spill off the central coast. The largest demonstrations was reported in Nghe An province, where residents said several…

Vietnam offers help to Kim murder suspect

The Vietnamese government appears to be belatedly offering support to a Vietnamese woman accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia. The Vietnamese foreign ministry said that its embassy in the Malaysian capital was seeking lawyers for Doan Thi Huong,…

Japanese emperor in Vietnam

The visit by the Japanese emperor to Vietnam gives a timely boost for the leadership in Hanoi, at a time when its much vaunted multilateral diplomacy has suffered a series of hard knocks. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are to…

Government names officials over Formosa disaster

Vietnam has for the first time named government officials deemed responsible for the environmental disaster off the central coast last year. It identified 11 officials, including a former environment minister, saying they should be disciplined or face an official review….

Exiled journalist tells of abuse in prison

A recently exiled Vietnamese activist has told an international gathering in Geneva that he suffered persistent physical and psychological abuse during his six years in jail. Dang Xuan Dieu said he was periodically shackled, held in solitary confinement, and abused…