Category: News

Questions after another death in police custody

Relatives of a man who died after a police interrogation in the rural north of the country are appealing for a full investigation into the circumstances of his death. Nguyen Cao Tuan, 45, returned home with visible injuries to his…

Vietnam becoming key to US “pivot”

Vietnam and the United States have again signalled their commitment to closer cooperation over the South China Sea at a time of growing questions about the credibility of US strategy in the region. The statement came during talks in Washington…

Government criticised in first independent report on Formosa disaster

The Vietnamese government has been accused of a slow response, and a lack of transparency and accountability, in the first independent report into the environmental disaster that killed millions of fish off the central coast earlier this year. The report…

Draft Law on Association condemned as unconstitutional

New legislation designed to regulate associations in Vietnam threatens to deliver a heavy blow to the development of civil society,  according to representatives of official and unofficial NGOs. The draft bill on associations is being introduced to the National Assembly…

Government leaders criticised for response to flood

Coastal provinces worst affected by the marine life disaster earlier this year have been hit by severe flooding, made worse by sudden discharges from local hydro-power reservoirs. At least twenty five people have been killed so far in the  floods,…

Detained blogger at risk of torture: UN

Vietnam’s use of isolation and prolonged detention against government critics is conducive to torture and is in violation of international agreements, according to the UN’s top human rights official. In a searing attack on the Vietnamese government’s latest crackdown on…

Terror charge is baseless propaganda: Viet Tan

The US based Vietnam Reform party, Viet Tan, has accused the Vietnamese government of regurgitating baseless propaganda following Hanoi’s latest charge that the group is a terrorist organisation. It challenged the Vietnamese government to publish the full range of its…

ASEAN politicians slam Vietnam’s new law on religion

A proposed new law on religion and belief has come under renewed attack at home and abroad. The latest draft of the bill, which is expected to be passed by the National Assembly this autumn, is accused of repressing basic…

Censored: journal suspended and editor dismissed

The Communist authorities have shut down a state run website and sacked its editor, showing the speed with which they’re prepared to suppress reporting of sensitive issues. Readers of the website PetroTimes are being confronted with a one line message,…