Category: News

Death penalty for corruption ?

State prosecutors have called for the death penalty for the former chairman of the state oil company as the government’s anti-corruption drive gathers pace. Nguyen Xuan Son is on trial for embezzlement and abuse of power to usurp assets during…

Concern grows for Montagnard refugees

A group of Christian Montagnards have made desperate appeals for help from the international community as the Cambodian government prepares to return them to Vietnam. They say they face physical abuse and lengthy prison terms for defying the Vietnamese authorities…

Human rights education for schools

Vietnam is to introduce human rights education into the school curriculum, a policy that seems at odds with evidence of growing repression in the one party state. The Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has approved a pilot scheme that will…

Cyber attacks and naval drills underline China threat

China is reported to have stepped up cyber attacks on Vietnam and military exercises near disputed waters as it seeks to keep up pressure on its southern neighbour. The foreign ministry in Hanoi expressed “deep concern” about the naval drills,…

Green light for Blue Whale ?

Vietnam looks set to risk another confrontation with China by giving the go ahead for a big gas exploration project off its central coast. State media reported that the work led by the US energy giant, Exxon Mobil, could start…

Germany probes suspected “abduction plot”

Two suspects of Vietnamese origin, one a German federal employee, are being questioned by the German authorities over the abduction last month of the former Vietnamese official, Trinh Xuan Thang. A Vietnamese citizen, identified only as Long NH, was handed…

Police silent on lawyer’s “disappearance”

Concern is growing about the health and treatment of the human rights lawyer, Nguyen Bac Truyen, who state media said was arrested with three other pro-democracy campaigners at the end of last month. His wife says she has received no…

Fugitive’s testimony in Hanoi condemned as “Orwellian”

If Vietnamese agents planned a discreet operation to spirit the fugitive former oil executive, Trinh Xuan Thanh, back to Hanoi, the enterprise backfired spectacularly. They are alleged to have made their move in broad daylight at 10.40 on the morning…

Kidnap in Berlin – Vietnam infuriates Germany

Germany has accused Vietnam of kidnapping a former oil executive in Berlin and spiriting him back to Hanoi to face trial for corruption. It described the abduction as “an unprecedented and flagrant violation of German and international law” and said…

Police swoop on dissidents in series of raids

Police in Vietnam have arrested more political activists in coordinated raids across the country. A statement from the Ministry of Public Security said that four detainees were being held under Article 79 of the penal code on charges of attempting…