Category: News

Exiled journalist tells of abuse in prison

A recently exiled Vietnamese activist has told an international gathering in Geneva that he suffered persistent physical and psychological abuse during his six years in jail. Dang Xuan Dieu said he was periodically shackled, held in solitary confinement, and abused…

Vietnam remembers China border war

Small groups of people gathered in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to mark the anniversary of the brief border war with China, which is not officially commemorated by Vietnam’s communist government. Large numbers of police were deployed as mourners…

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…