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Environmental campaigner gets longest prison term

A Vietnamese court has handed out one of its longest sentences for years to a civil society activist accused of helping organise protests against an environmental disaster. Le Dinh Luong, 53, was sentenced to twenty years in prison on a…

Activists blindfolded and beaten

A violent assault by police on political activists in Ho Chi Minh City has highlighted the increasingly reckless tactics used by the authorities to crush dissent. Police burst into a private musical performance in the city and attacked the participants,…

House arrest for rights campaigner

A leading campaigner for rights and freedoms, Huynh Thuc Vy, has been placed under house arrest while she is investigated for defacing the national flag. Some thirty police officers arrived at Vy’s house in the small town of Buon Ho…

Vietnam frees American after US pressure

A Vietnamese court has ordered the immediate deportation of American citizen, William Nguyen, on a charge of disturbing public order. It said it gave a lenient sentence because it was the defendant’s first offence and he had expressed repentance for…

Confession pins abduction on Vietnam

A sudden confession by the defendant in the Berlin kidnap case has heaped further discomfort on the Vietnamese government, which continues to deny any involvement in the abduction. Long NH is on trial in Berlin for his role last July…

Vietnam going backwards on human rights

Vietnam is one of the most repressive countries in Asia which has failed to meet any of the commitments it made to the UN’s human rights body four years ago. That’s the conclusion of Human Rights Watch in its submission…

Jail terms for protesters with more trials to come

A Vietnamese court has sentenced six men to jail terms of between 24 and 30 months for their role in violent clashes with police during last month’s protests. Dozens of other protesters are still being detained following the demonstrations which…

Hope for Will Nguyen, but not for broader rights and freedoms

The visiting American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has raised the case of a detained American graduate student during his talks with top leaders in Hanoi. His intervention may help secure an early release for Will Nguyen who was arrested…

Journalist faces jail for criticising government policy

The blogger and journalist, Le Anh Hung, is facing years in prison for openly challenging the government’s plans to set up new economic zones. Hung was arrested on a charge of “abusing democratic freedoms” which carries a jail sentence of…

Flight from Facebook over security scare

A trickle of Vietnamese people abandoning Facebook is becoming a flood amid fears that the company will comply with a government drive to control data and spy on its critics. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese have signed up to the…