Category: News

Exiles accused of terrorism

Vietnam has designated a US-based opposition group a “terrorist organisation” following an alleged plot to detonate bombs at Ho Chi Minh City’s airport last year. The public security ministry said that the Provisional National Government of Vietnam, based in Anaheim…

Repression increased after TPP withdrawal

President Trump’s rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership last year encouraged the Vietnamese government to “drop its mask” and increase persecution of pro-democracy activists, according to the annual report by Human Rights Watch. The New York based group said that Vietnam’s…

Police urged to crush Communist party’s opponents

The Communist party boss, Nguyen Phu Trong, has called for total party control over all aspects of police work, as he steps up campaigns against corruption and political dissent. In a display of his rising confidence as Vietnam’s top leader,…

Heavy sentences requested for former party insiders

The former oil company executive, Trinh Xuan Thanh, is to be spared the death penalty but could face life imprisonment if convicted on corruption charges. Prosecutors also requested 14-15 years in prison for the disgraced former politburo member, Dinh La…

Former top officials in the dock

Vietnam’s most sensational trial for years has opened in Hanoi, with a former politburo member and a fugitive oil executive among 22 defendants facing corruption charges. The sight of the once powerful Communist party apparatchik, Dinh La Thang, being escorted…

Fugitive held in Singapore

Vietnam’s domestic battles have again spilled over into a third country, with the detention in Singapore of a fugitive property developer and former intelligence officer. Lawyers told foreign media that Phan Van Anh Vu was detained last week at a…

Courts move to silence government critics.

Vietnam’s judiciary has maintained its implacable approach to political dissent, confirming a nine year sentence for a prominent rights campaigner and jailing five others for flying the old Saigon flag. The rulings cap a year in which judges have willingly…

Europeans condemn – but is Hanoi listening ?

The European Parliament has condemned growing repression in Vietnam and appealed for the release of independent bloggers jailed under national security provisions. The resolution, expressing grave concern about abuses in Vietnam, comes at a time when many Western governments are…

Vietnam on back foot as China tightens grip in SCS

China has greatly increased its military potential in the South China Sea during 2017 according to a report released by an independent research group. Hangers, bunkers and radar facilities have been completed on sprawling sites across the Spratly and Paracel…

Vietnam shrugs off foreign appeals for blogger

The confirmation on Thursday of a ten-year jail term for the blogger known as Mother Mushroom has highlighted the Communist government’s utter disregard for foreign criticism of its human rights record. The 38-year-old blogger and single mother of two young…