Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Vietnam looks to Washington as Philippines falters

Vietnam offers explicit backing for United States intervention in the region, while the president of the Philippines tours China and announces his “separation” from the US. The contrasting statements underline the extreme fluidity of international relations in Southeast Asia, and…

Detained blogger at risk of torture: UN

Vietnam’s use of isolation and prolonged detention against government critics is conducive to torture and is in violation of international agreements, according to the UN’s top human rights official. In a searing attack on the Vietnamese government’s latest crackdown on…

Formosa fears behind latest crackdown ?

The arrest of another prominent blogger, and dire warnings of foreign based plots against the state, signal an intensification of Vietnam’s campaign to silence government critics. The arrest on Monday of Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who writes under the name…

Terror charge is baseless propaganda: Viet Tan

The US based Vietnam Reform party, Viet Tan, has accused the Vietnamese government of regurgitating baseless propaganda following Hanoi’s latest charge that the group is a terrorist organisation. It challenged the Vietnamese government to publish the full range of its…

ASEAN politicians slam Vietnam’s new law on religion

A proposed new law on religion and belief has come under renewed attack at home and abroad. The latest draft of the bill, which is expected to be passed by the National Assembly this autumn, is accused of repressing basic…

Censored: journal suspended and editor dismissed

The Communist authorities have shut down a state run website and sacked its editor, showing the speed with which they’re prepared to suppress reporting of sensitive issues. Readers of the website PetroTimes are being confronted with a one line message,…

Pressure increases over Formosa disaster

Thousands of protesters surrounded the Formosa Ha Tinh steel plant amid growing frustration at the slow pace of compensation paid to victims of one of Vietnam’s worst environmental disasters. Witnesses estimated that ten thousand people descended on the site on…

Unease as Duterte visits Vietnam

Volatility and unpredictability have been the hallmarks of Philippine foreign policy since Rodrigo Duterte became president earlier this year. Vietnamese leaders, alarmed by the implications of his gyrations for the confrontation in the South China Sea, will try to seek…

Ba Sam appeal rejected

An appeal court in Hanoi has upheld the jail sentences imposed on two bloggers, whose conviction in March signalled the authorities’ growing intolerance of press freedom. Nguyen Huu Vinh, who produced a popular blog under the name of Anh Ba…

Call for court to free influential bloggers

Rights activists at home and abroad have called on an appeal court to overturn the jail terms imposed on two bloggers earlier this year. The conviction in March of Nguyen Huu Vinh, who founded a widely read blog under the…