Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Vietnam told to stop treating journalists as criminals

More international pressure is needed to stop Vietnam treating journalists as criminals, say international human rights groups in response to a growing crackdown on dissent. At least twelve bloggers and other government critics have been arrested in the last five…

Vietnam eyes Trump moves with trepidation

President Trump’s first days in office will have confirmed many of Vietnam’s fears about his intentions for the region, and the waves of instability that can be expected during his administration. Vietnam’s communist leaders have long anticipated the demise of…

China and Vietnam move to ease tensions

When the leaders of two of the world’s least transparent ruling parties sit down for talks, it’s not realistic to expect a candid assessment from either side about the outcome. Pious statements, two-faced smiles and jealously guarded secrecy have long…

Violent assaults designed to intimidate young activists

It started as a class for young would-be activists eager to learn about their political rights. It ended a few weeks later with a police raid and vicious assaults on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. The violent attacks…

Kerry makes final appeal to Vietnam

A tepid appeal for human rights, and an attempt to reassure Vietnam about the impending Trump administration, have marked a farewell visit to the country by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. Mr Kerry has played an important role…

Haiphong installation sparks ridicule

Secrecy and lack of accountability are two ingrained hallmarks of Communist party governance in Vietnam. The lack of trust in public officials, and simmering resentment at widespread corruption, means that even the seemingly innocuous task of installing festive decorations can…

Activist exiled to France

A Catholic activist, Dang Xuan Dieu, has been released from a thirteen year prison sentence and sent into exile in France. Reports said that Dieu, who has been in custody since July 2011, was taken directly from prison camp to…

Trong to Beijing ahead of Trump inauguration

Vietnam’s most senior leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, is to visit Beijing this week, just days before Donald Trump is sworn in as US president. With China and the rest of the region braced for a diplomatic and economic storm following…

Further extension to Nguyen Van Dai’s detention

The prolonged detention of the human rights lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, has been extended until April, according to a document obtained by his lawyer. Dai has been held in isolation, with no access to family or lawyers, since December 16…