Category: News

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…

Jail terms for protesters with more trials to come

A Vietnamese court has sentenced six men to jail terms of between 24 and 30 months for their role in violent clashes with police during last month’s protests. Dozens of other protesters are still being detained following the demonstrations which…

Hope for Will Nguyen, but not for broader rights and freedoms

The visiting American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has raised the case of a detained American graduate student during his talks with top leaders in Hanoi. His intervention may help secure an early release for Will Nguyen who was arrested…

Journalist faces jail for criticising government policy

The blogger and journalist, Le Anh Hung, is facing years in prison for openly challenging the government’s plans to set up new economic zones. Hung was arrested on a charge of “abusing democratic freedoms” which carries a jail sentence of…

Flight from Facebook over security scare

A trickle of Vietnamese people abandoning Facebook is becoming a flood amid fears that the company will comply with a government drive to control data and spy on its critics. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese have signed up to the…

Mother Mushroom close to breaking point

Fears are growing for the safety of the jailed blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, because of poor conditions in prison and hostility from her fellow prisoners. She is reported to have warned her mother that she is close to breaking…

Mass protests against Chinese plans

Protests have erupted in cities across Vietnam over fears that China will exploit new economic zones to increase its influence in the country. The demonstrations highlight deeply rooted anti-Chinese sentiment in the country and send a clear warning to the…

Leading dissidents released and exiled

The Vietnamese authorities have released and expelled one of the country’s most prominent dissidents, Nguyen Van Dai, and his assistant, Le Thu Ha. The pair arrived in the German city of Frankfurt on Friday morning following their surprise release. The…

EU urged not to ratify trade deal with Vietnam

Pressure is growing on the European Union to reject a free trade agreement with Vietnam because of growing political repression in the Southeast Asian nation. The agreement would cut tariffs and help boost trade and investment but has yet to…

China scare over investment zones

The government is struggling to finalise a law for the establishment of special economic zones following warnings that China could exploit them to expand its influence. Prominent economists, intellectuals, and some members of the National Assembly have added their voices…