Category: News

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…

Nine years jail for criticising government

Vietnam is continuing its campaign to crush freedom of expression on the internet, sentencing the government critic, Tran Thi Nga, to nine years in prison and five years on probation. The verdict of the court in the northern province of…

Vietnam shaken by China threat

Vietnam appears to have backed down following a threat of military action by China, in a dramatic escalation of their dispute over energy resources in the South China Sea. Vietnam ordered an abrupt halt to drilling off its south-east coast,…

Activist could face long jail term

Rights campaigners are concerned that the authorities are preparing to impose another heavy sentence on a prominent activist this week. Tran Thi Nga goes on trial in a court near Hanoi charged with conducting propaganda against the state under Article…

Sailors killed in Spratly massacre honoured

Vietnam has unveiled a large memorial to 64 sailors who were killed defending a contested reef in the Spratly Islands from Chinese forces in 1988. The official commemoration of the clash – nearly three decades after the event – underlines…

Drive to silence critics continues

The judicial authorities plan to put another female activist on trial following the ten-year jail term imposed on the blogger known as Mother Mushroom last month. Tran Thi Nga, a campaigner for women’s rights and democratic freedoms, will face trial…

Abuse of power provoked violent confrontation

State prosecutors have brought criminal charges against 14 local officials for their involvement in one of Vietnam’s most volatile land disputes. The indictments amount to a rare acknowledgement by the Communist authorities that abuse of power helped provoke a violent…

10 years jail for prominent blogger

The blogger known as Mother Mushroom has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on a charge of conducting propaganda against the state. The sentence is one of the harshest for a political activist and human rights campaigner in recent…