Category: News

Vietnam shrugs off foreign appeals for blogger

The confirmation on Thursday of a ten-year jail term for the blogger known as Mother Mushroom has highlighted the Communist government’s utter disregard for foreign criticism of its human rights record. The 38-year-old blogger and single mother of two young…

Trong ignores German appeal

The Communist party boss, Nguyen Phu Trong, has brushed aside complaints from Germany and ordered the trial of a fugitive allegedly abducted from Berlin. Germany has been demanding the return of the former state oil company executive, Trinh Xuan Thanh,…

Police detain activists after EU meeting

Three human rights activists were detained after attending a meeting with European Union diplomats in Hanoi. Two were released after questioning, but one, the journalist, Pham Doan Trang, was held late into the night on Thursday. Trang and fellow activist,…

Rights and freedoms ignored as Trump schmoozes in Hanoi

President Trump’s 12-day tour of Asia confirmed, if nothing else, his special affinity with authoritarian leaders. He had back-slapping encounters with the leaders of China, Cambodia and the Philippines, and managed a series of congenial meetings with the masters of…

APEC warned – Vietnam’s credibility in doubt

APEC countries have been warned that Vietnam’s credibility as an international partner is in doubt, as the forum’s leaders prepare to gather in Danang for their annual summit at the weekend. 17 international and Vietnamese human rights groups wrote to…

Student jailed for blog

A 24-year-old student blogger is the latest activist to be jailed, as the government continues a harsh crackdown on freedom of expression. Phan Kim Khanh was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by four years on probation, on a…

Protesters demand release of activist

In a rare show of defiance against a police crackdown on dissent, hundreds of people took to the streets in the north-central province of Ha Tinh to demand the release of a local activist. Some reports said that more than…

Environmental campaigner arrested on subversion charge

Police in the north-central province of Ha Tinh have arrested a female activist as the authorities continue their campaign to silence opposition voices. A police statement said that Tran Thi Xuan was being investigated on a charge of attempting to…

Concern for Vietnamese in Cambodia

Vietnam has expressed concern at the treatment of tens of thousands of ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia who are being deprived of their Cambodian citizenship. The Cambodian authorities said last week that some 70,000 Vietnamese are to be declared illegal immigrants…

Germany vents anger over abduction

Germany has ordered the expulsion of a second Vietnamese diplomat and suspended the strategic partnership between the two countries in response to the suspected abduction of a former Vietnamese official. The German government said it had evidence that Trinh Xuan…