Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Police reverse immunity pledge on land standoff

The police have launched a criminal investigation in a high profile land dispute that exploded into violence in April, despite a pledge at the time that no-one would be prosecuted. The move has sparked allegations of deception and risks inflaming…

Government critic stripped of citizenship

The government has formally notified a former political prisoner, Pham Minh Hoang, that he is being stripped of Vietnamese citizenship for his continued criticism of government policies. The mathematics lecturer from Ho Chi Minh City, who also holds French nationality,…

Priests face threats and intimidation

Pro-government activists have stepped up a campaign of intimidation against Catholic priests who have been helping organise environmental protests on the north-central coast. A CCTV camera showed young men throwing rocks at Van Thai Church in the Quynh Luu District…

Trump happy on trade – for now

President Trump has welcomed the signing of new multi-billion dollar business deals with Vietnam following a meeting in the White House with the visiting Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The meeting was something of a diplomatic coup for Vietnam,…

Suspicion over Buddhist’s “suicide”

Claims that a detained man committed suicide during a police interrogation session have been challenged by the victim’s family and by human rights groups. The body of Nguyen Huu Tan, a member of an independent Buddhist sect, was found on…

Trade and defence likely to trump rights and freedoms

Members of the US Congress have called on President Trump to stress human rights abuses in Vietnam when he meets the visiting prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in Washington next week. “It is bad and getting worse by the day,”…

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…