Category: News

Vietnam frees dying political prisoner

(VNRN) – A Vietnamese political prisoner on his last days battling cancer, Dinh Dang Dinh (Đinh Đăng Định), was granted amnesty on March 21, in a move rarely seen in this communist country. The amnesty came one month after his…

Vietnam jails second dissident blogger in a month

(RFA) – A Vietnamese court on March 19 sentenced a dissident blogger to 15 months in jail in the second such conviction to be handed down this month as authorities clamp down on online criticism of government leaders and policies,…

HRW calls for all charges to be dropped against blogger

(HRW) – All charges against Vietnamese blogger Pham Viet Dao should be dropped, and he should be released immediately and unconditionally, Human Rights Watch said March 18. Pham Viet Dao, 62, was arrested on June 13, 2013, in Hanoi, for…

Vietnam has the most political prisoners in Southeast Asia: FIDH

Finding that Vietnam “holds the highest number of political prisoners in Southeast Asia,” the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on March 13 called for the country to “immediately and unconditionally release the over 200 political prisoners who are languishing in jails…

Australian MP alerts Parliament to HR situation in Vietnam

(VNRN) – In a speech to the Australian Parliament Mar. 6, a member of Labor Party’s leadership denounced the Vietnamese government’s imprisonment of Le Quoc Quan and attack on Nguyen Bac Truyen, and called for “genuine improvements in human rights…

Police beats man, rubs jalapenos pepper on his groin

(VNRN) – A young man, suspected of involvement in a fight, was badly beaten by the police who went as far as rubbing raw jalapenos pepper on his groin, Vietnamese media reported. Four police took turn hitting and kicking Huynh…

Brotherhood For Democracy calls for blogger’s release

(VNRN) – Almost immediately after the trial in which blogger Truong Duy Nhat (Trương Duy Nhất) was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for allegedly “abusing the rights of freedom” in criticizing government officials, the Brotherhood for Democracy on Mar….