Category: News

Police assault Formosa protest marchers

Police officers used violence and arrests to halt a march by hundreds of protesters demanding compensation for last year’s environmental disaster, which destroyed fish stocks off the central coast. A Catholic priest, Nguyen Dinh Thuc, led some five hundred parishioners…

Rights campaigner released after three years detention

The prominent activist, Bui Thi Minh Hang, has been released from prison after serving a three year sentence on public order charges. She was greeted by supporters as she emerged from the Gia Trung prison camp in the Central Highlands….

Campaign to free activist

Civil society groups are threatening to step up action against the detention of the human rights campaigner Tran Thi Nga, who has been held in isolation for nearly three weeks. Her arrest has been denounced by rights campaigners at home…

Vietnam told to stop treating journalists as criminals

More international pressure is needed to stop Vietnam treating journalists as criminals, say international human rights groups in response to a growing crackdown on dissent. At least twelve bloggers and other government critics have been arrested in the last five…

Activist arrested just days before Tet

The police have arrested a well known human rights activist and her husband just days before Vietnam celebrates the lunar new year, traditionally a time of amnesty and reconciliation. Tran Thi Nga, who is also known as Thuy Nga, had…

Kerry makes final appeal to Vietnam

A tepid appeal for human rights, and an attempt to reassure Vietnam about the impending Trump administration, have marked a farewell visit to the country by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. Mr Kerry has played an important role…

Activist exiled to France

A Catholic activist, Dang Xuan Dieu, has been released from a thirteen year prison sentence and sent into exile in France. Reports said that Dieu, who has been in custody since July 2011, was taken directly from prison camp to…

Trong to Beijing ahead of Trump inauguration

Vietnam’s most senior leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, is to visit Beijing this week, just days before Donald Trump is sworn in as US president. With China and the rest of the region braced for a diplomatic and economic storm following…

Further extension to Nguyen Van Dai’s detention

The prolonged detention of the human rights lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, has been extended until April, according to a document obtained by his lawyer. Dai has been held in isolation, with no access to family or lawyers, since December 16…

Violent assault on land activist

An elderly farmer protesting against the seizure of his land by local officials has been violently attacked in public by plainclothes police, according to his lawyer. Truong Minh Huong  was stopped at a roadblock outside Hanoi, ejected from his taxi,…