Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Activist released after brutal arrest

(VOA) – A well-known Vietnamese human rights activist has been released from detention, just 24 hours after he says he was brutally arrested inside his home. Nguyen Bac Truyen says hundreds of police and undercover agents raided his home in…

Hoa Hao Buddhist group beaten, arrested

(VNRN) – A group of Hoa Hao Buddhists and their friends, on the way to visit a fellow Hoa Hao friend in Dong Thap province, were ambushed by police, badly beated, and arrested on Feb. 12. A group of 21…

Hundreds of police attack activist at home

(VOA) – Hundreds of police and plainsclothes officials raided the home of a Vietnamese human rights lawyer and arrested him in the southern province of Dong Thap on Feb. 9, just days before his planned wedding. Witnesses say Nguyen Bac Truyen…

BLOG: ‘Giao Thua’ – Tet’s eve

by Hoi Trinh Moscow, Russia. It’s exactly 12pm here in Moscow. And 12am in California where I am heading to, the one place I want to be at this hour of ‘giao thua’. When the clock strikes at midnight bidding…

Security agents assault monk of banned Buddhist church

(RFA) – Vietnamese plainclothes security agents have assaulted a prominent monk as part of a greater crackdown on the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) following its announcement of a new executive committee, an affiliated advocacy group said on…

Buddhist youth leader placed under house arrest

(RFA) – A youth leader affiliated to the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) said Jan 2 that he has been placed under house arrest after he was detained and interrogated for 13 hours, in the latest religious crackdown…

CPJ: Vietnam intensifies crackdown on journalists

(VOA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, says Vietnam is the fifth biggest jailer of journalists in the world, and second in the Asia-Pacific region after China. The group on Dec 18 released its annual list of the…