Category: News

Prominent blogger prosecuted for criticizing the government

(VNRN) – A prominent blogger was charged with “abusing democratic freedoms” for 12 articles criticizing the government, including several blog post where he gave grades to top government and Communist Party officials. Truong Duy Nhat (Trương Duy Nhất), author of…

UPR delegate detained upon return, passport confiscated

(VNRN) – An activist who spoke in Geneva at the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Vietnam’s human rights records was detained and questioned upon his return to Ho Chi Minh City on Feb 24 and his passport was confiscated….

Second police attack on activist before meeting with diplomats

(VOA) – A high-profile activist and his wife say they were attacked by police Feb. 24 in while on the way to the Australian Embassy to discuss Vietnam’s human rights, including previous police attacks on themselves and other dissidents. Nguyen Bac…

Vietnamese delegates share thoughts on advocacy trip, UPR

Delegates from Vietnam have completed a hectic trip that took them to Washington DC, New York, Geneva, and Australia, advocating for human rights to international delegations attending the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Vietnam’s records. Vietnamrightnow.com…

OPINION: Is Vietnam putting on an act?

by Joshma If you follow human rights situation in Vietnam, you might already know that the country was elected last November to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the 2014-2016 term. This 14th member…

Activist released after brutal arrest

(VOA) – A well-known Vietnamese human rights activist has been released from detention, just 24 hours after he says he was brutally arrested inside his home. Nguyen Bac Truyen says hundreds of police and undercover agents raided his home in…

Hoa Hao Buddhist group beaten, arrested

(VNRN) – A group of Hoa Hao Buddhists and their friends, on the way to visit a fellow Hoa Hao friend in Dong Thap province, were ambushed by police, badly beated, and arrested on Feb. 12. A group of 21…

Plainsclothes police pelt activist’s home, break roof

(VNRN) – Plainsclothes police pelted an activist’s home in central Quang Nam province on Feb. 11 with large rocks of up to 15 cm-wide (6 in.), breaking the roof. The four rocks nearly hit Huynh Ngoc Tuan (Huỳnh Ngọc Tuấn)…

Hundreds of police attack activist at home

(VOA) – Hundreds of police and plainsclothes officials raided the home of a Vietnamese human rights lawyer and arrested him in the southern province of Dong Thap on Feb. 9, just days before his planned wedding. Witnesses say Nguyen Bac Truyen…

BLOG: So, what is it about UPR?

  by Hoi Trinh Ok, Hao Nhien, the editor in chief of vietnamrightnow.com, just told me to write my next blog on UPR which stands for Universal Periodic Review. A UN mechanism set up only a few years ago to…