Category: News

Long prison terms for democracy campaign

A former army officer and his colleague have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. In a swift one day trial in Thai Binh province just south of Haiphong, Tran Anh Kim, a…

Compensation delays fuel anger

Protesters briefly blocked Highway One in north-central Vietnam on Monday, as anger grows over the level of compensation being offered to victims of the Formosa environmental disaster. A few hundred demonstrators, mainly women, sang songs and waved banners in the…

China angry at Vietnamese “construction” on Spratlys

China has warned Vietnam to stop construction work in the disputed Spratly Islands – the latest sign that trust between the neighbouring countries remains dangerously low. Earlier reports said Vietnam had begun dredging work on one of the reefs it…

Formosa reprimands fail to reassure residents

A number of local officials have received official reprimands for their role in the Formosa poisoned fish disaster, a move seen as wholly inadequate by campaigners demanding full accountability. State media reported that an official in the environmental police division…

Journalist punished for comments on Fidel Castro

A journalist was dismissed from his post for criticising Fidel Castro, as the Vietnamese Communist party held a day of national mourning for the Cuban revolutionary and dictator, who died last month. Phung Hieu was removed from his job as…

Torture alert on detained activists

United Nations officials are concerned that three Vietnamese activists detained this month under national security laws may have been subjected to torture. The UN human rights office for South-East Asia expressed serious concern about the arrest of the activists, and…

Government fines press over food scare

The government has slapped fines on some fifty news organisations for running what it says were false allegations in Vietnam’s latest food scare – contaminated fish sauce. It follows a series of other moves by the authorities to discipline official…

Vietnam gives up on TPP

Vietnam has abandoned plans to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact following the election of Donald Trump, the first in a series of likely repercussions on relations between Hanoi and Washington. The Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, told the National…

Numerous safety violations at Formosa – news agency

A power cut at the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel plant in April led to toxic waste water flooding into the sea off the central coast, according to a government investigation seen by the Reuters news agency. Full details of the…

Police raids net three more activists on anti-state charges

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have swooped on members of a newly formed civil society association, arresting three and charging them under a draconian security law. Police agents seized Luu Van Vinh, the founder of the group, at his…