Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Censorship and defiance as government reels from protests

The Vietnamese government is censoring its own media and putting an American citizen on trial as it struggles to respond to the aftermath of last month’s nationwide demonstrations. The decision on Tuesday to suspend the online edition of the state…

Confession pins abduction on Vietnam

A sudden confession by the defendant in the Berlin kidnap case has heaped further discomfort on the Vietnamese government, which continues to deny any involvement in the abduction. Long NH is on trial in Berlin for his role last July…

Vietnam going backwards on human rights

Vietnam is one of the most repressive countries in Asia which has failed to meet any of the commitments it made to the UN’s human rights body four years ago. That’s the conclusion of Human Rights Watch in its submission…

Jail terms for protesters with more trials to come

A Vietnamese court has sentenced six men to jail terms of between 24 and 30 months for their role in violent clashes with police during last month’s protests. Dozens of other protesters are still being detained following the demonstrations which…

Hope for Will Nguyen, but not for broader rights and freedoms

The visiting American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has raised the case of a detained American graduate student during his talks with top leaders in Hanoi. His intervention may help secure an early release for Will Nguyen who was arrested…

Journalist faces jail for criticising government policy

The blogger and journalist, Le Anh Hung, is facing years in prison for openly challenging the government’s plans to set up new economic zones. Hung was arrested on a charge of “abusing democratic freedoms” which carries a jail sentence of…

Flight from Facebook over security scare

A trickle of Vietnamese people abandoning Facebook is becoming a flood amid fears that the company will comply with a government drive to control data and spy on its critics. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese have signed up to the…

Mother Mushroom close to breaking point

Fears are growing for the safety of the jailed blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, because of poor conditions in prison and hostility from her fellow prisoners. She is reported to have warned her mother that she is close to breaking…

Communist party running scared over protests

The Vietnamese government fears the latest wave of demonstrations could coalesce into broad-based opposition to its rule and is deploying riot police and under-cover units across the country to suppress the protests. Police dragged activists from the streets of Ho…

New law to tighten controls on free speech

Vietnam has rushed through a new cyber security law aimed at tightening the government’s control of information and silencing its critics on the internet. The National Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill despite widespread alarm at home and abroad over the…