Category: News

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…

Activists condemned in National Assembly

A member of the National Assembly has accused environmental activists of trying to ignite public disorder over the Formosa disaster, which devastated fish stocks off central provinces. In the latest attack by Communist party officials on a growing environmental movement,…

Blogger arrested as government targets environmental critics

Another well-known blogger has been arrested, as the authorities continue their campaign to silence independent voices. Ho Van Hai was detained in Ho Chi Minh City and accused of distributing anti-state information on the internet. The 52-year-old blogger is being…

Petition signed for blogger’s freedom

Hundreds of independent bloggers have signed an online petition calling for the release of the detained activist, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quyhn, who wrote under the name of  Me Nam or Mother Mushroom. She was arrested earlier this month and charged…