Category: News

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…

BLOG: ‘Giao Thua’ – Tet’s eve

by Hoi Trinh Moscow, Russia. It’s exactly 12pm here in Moscow. And 12am in California where I am heading to, the one place I want to be at this hour of ‘giao thua’. When the clock strikes at midnight bidding…

Security agents assault monk of banned Buddhist church

(RFA) – Vietnamese plainclothes security agents have assaulted a prominent monk as part of a greater crackdown on the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) following its announcement of a new executive committee, an affiliated advocacy group said on…

Buddhist youth leader placed under house arrest

(RFA) – A youth leader affiliated to the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) said Jan 2 that he has been placed under house arrest after he was detained and interrogated for 13 hours, in the latest religious crackdown…

CPJ: Vietnam intensifies crackdown on journalists

(VOA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, says Vietnam is the fifth biggest jailer of journalists in the world, and second in the Asia-Pacific region after China. The group on Dec 18 released its annual list of the…