Category: News

Priests face threats and intimidation

Pro-government activists have stepped up a campaign of intimidation against Catholic priests who have been helping organise environmental protests on the north-central coast. A CCTV camera showed young men throwing rocks at Van Thai Church in the Quynh Luu District…

Trump happy on trade – for now

President Trump has welcomed the signing of new multi-billion dollar business deals with Vietnam following a meeting in the White House with the visiting Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The meeting was something of a diplomatic coup for Vietnam,…

Suspicion over Buddhist’s “suicide”

Claims that a detained man committed suicide during a police interrogation session have been challenged by the victim’s family and by human rights groups. The body of Nguyen Huu Tan, a member of an independent Buddhist sect, was found on…

Activists confined during “human rights dialogue”

The Vietnamese authorities have prevented human rights campaigners from meeting a visiting delegation from the US State Department. The independent blogger, Pham Doan Trang, and the veteran political activist, Nguyen Quang A, were amongst those confined to their homes by…

Arrest sparks angry protest

The police have arrested a prominent activist, Hoang Duc Binh, for his role in an environmental campaign, provoking a tense confrontation with citizens. Mr Binh has been working with Catholic priests in Nghe An province to defend the rights of…

Government hand suspected in cyber espionage

Vietnam appears to have stepped up cyber espionage attacks on foreign interests and companies, according to a new report by the American cyber security firm, FireEye. It said foreign companies operating in Vietnam had been systematically targeted by hackers, the…

Brazen assault alarms activists

A violent and prolonged attack on female environmental activists at a private home in Ho Chi Minh City has spread alarm among civil society campaigners. The brazen nature of the attack, and its subsequent posting on Facebook, seems designed to…

Vietnam tries to tame Facebook

Vietnam is claiming a step forward in its drive to rein in social media, saying that Facebook has agreed to cooperate in the fight against “toxic” content. A government statement said the company would set up channels for close coordination…

Officials seek talks in hostage drama

The authorities appear to be seeking a peaceful solution to the standoff at Dong Tam commune near Hanoi, where villagers are continuing to hold nineteen police and officials hostage. The Mayor of Hanoi, Nguyen Duc Chung, failed in his first…

Tensions remain high despite hostage releases

The authorities are threatening tough reprisals against villagers who took police officers hostage during a violent confrontation over land. State media reported that at least half of the estimated 30 police and other officials being held captive were released on…