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Vietnam blocks entry of rights advocates

Vietnam has detained and deported a leading human rights official who tried to enter the country to attend a gathering of the World Economic Forum. It also denied a visa to a senior representative of Amnesty International. The moves underline…

Clashes over environment hit central coast

Police and protesters have clashed around Highway 1 on the central coastline as a simmering environmental dispute turned violent. Demonstrators are reported to have thrown rocks and taken three officials hostage. Witnesses said the police used batons to beat back…

Vietnam on alert for National Day protests

Security forces have been mobilised in major cities to try to prevent anti-government demonstrations on National Day on Sunday. The government has become increasingly jittery about public manifestations of dissent since large protests swept through Vietnam in June. The Hanoi…

Americans jailed in alleged plot

A court in Vietnam has sentenced two Vietnamese-Americans to 14 years in prison for anti-state activities. Ten Vietnamese accomplices also received jail terms of between 5 and 11 years on a charge of helping in a plot to overthrow the…

Environmental campaigner gets longest prison term

A Vietnamese court has handed out one of its longest sentences for years to a civil society activist accused of helping organise protests against an environmental disaster. Le Dinh Luong, 53, was sentenced to twenty years in prison on a…

Activists blindfolded and beaten

A violent assault by police on political activists in Ho Chi Minh City has highlighted the increasingly reckless tactics used by the authorities to crush dissent. Police burst into a private musical performance in the city and attacked the participants,…

House arrest for rights campaigner

A leading campaigner for rights and freedoms, Huynh Thuc Vy, has been placed under house arrest while she is investigated for defacing the national flag. Some thirty police officers arrived at Vy’s house in the small town of Buon Ho…

Vietnam frees American after US pressure

A Vietnamese court has ordered the immediate deportation of American citizen, William Nguyen, on a charge of disturbing public order. It said it gave a lenient sentence because it was the defendant’s first offence and he had expressed repentance for…

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…