Category: News

Further extension to Nguyen Van Dai’s detention

The prolonged detention of the human rights lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, has been extended until April, according to a document obtained by his lawyer. Dai has been held in isolation, with no access to family or lawyers, since December 16…

Violent assault on land activist

An elderly farmer protesting against the seizure of his land by local officials has been violently attacked in public by plainclothes police, according to his lawyer. Truong Minh Huong  was stopped at a roadblock outside Hanoi, ejected from his taxi,…

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…