Category: Human Rights

Ba Sam trial to go ahead despite “serious violations”

The influential blogger, Nguyen Huu Vinh, who became famous using the pen name “Ba Sam”, is expected to stand trial before the end of the year – more than nineteen months after he was arrested on charges of challenging the…

No political prisoners freed in amnesty

Vietnam will release no political prisoners as part of this year’s amnesty to mark  independence day on September 2. 18,298 prisoners are to be freed under the amnesty decreed by the president – the second largest ever, according to government…

SEAPA on media freedom in Vietnam: Neither side gives way

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance has just released their annual report on media freedom in regional countries, in which the section of Vietnam is still marked with arrests, assaults, site attacks, even cyber wars on Facebook.  Freedom of expression remains…

Criminal justice in Vietnam: Compassionate communists

The Economist – The party allows a smidgen of penal reform.  ONE ordinary farmer, Nguyen Thanh Chan, is now a celebrity in Vietnam. In 2004 he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a woman in Nghia Trung,…

Activists visit imprisoned blogger Ta Phong Tan

A group of activists on Sunday (June 14) made a visit to blogger Ta Phong Tan, who is currently imprisoned at Prison No 5, Yen Dinh district of Thanh Hoa province in north central Vietnam. She has gone on a hunger strike since May…

Wrongly imprisoned man to obtain US$ 360,000 reparation

Nguyen Thanh Chan, widely known as the man who was falsely convicted of murder and has served ten years of his life-imprisonment sentence, will be paid 7.2 billion VND (approximately 360,000 USD) by the state, Chief Justice Truong Hoa Binh said…

Charter 2015 (full text)

We, the signers of this Charter, recognize that: Currently, the movement fighting for democracy and human rights in Vietnam has achieved many fast and positive developments. In this context, those in the government who are against progressive reform have been…