Category: News

Kerry makes final appeal to Vietnam

A tepid appeal for human rights, and an attempt to reassure Vietnam about the impending Trump administration, have marked a farewell visit to the country by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. Mr Kerry has played an important role…

Activist exiled to France

A Catholic activist, Dang Xuan Dieu, has been released from a thirteen year prison sentence and sent into exile in France. Reports said that Dieu, who has been in custody since July 2011, was taken directly from prison camp to…

Trong to Beijing ahead of Trump inauguration

Vietnam’s most senior leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, is to visit Beijing this week, just days before Donald Trump is sworn in as US president. With China and the rest of the region braced for a diplomatic and economic storm following…

Further extension to Nguyen Van Dai’s detention

The prolonged detention of the human rights lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, has been extended until April, according to a document obtained by his lawyer. Dai has been held in isolation, with no access to family or lawyers, since December 16…

Violent assault on land activist

An elderly farmer protesting against the seizure of his land by local officials has been violently attacked in public by plainclothes police, according to his lawyer. Truong Minh Huong  was stopped at a roadblock outside Hanoi, ejected from his taxi,…

Long prison terms for democracy campaign

A former army officer and his colleague have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. In a swift one day trial in Thai Binh province just south of Haiphong, Tran Anh Kim, a…

Compensation delays fuel anger

Protesters briefly blocked Highway One in north-central Vietnam on Monday, as anger grows over the level of compensation being offered to victims of the Formosa environmental disaster. A few hundred demonstrators, mainly women, sang songs and waved banners in the…

China angry at Vietnamese “construction” on Spratlys

China has warned Vietnam to stop construction work in the disputed Spratly Islands – the latest sign that trust between the neighbouring countries remains dangerously low. Earlier reports said Vietnam had begun dredging work on one of the reefs it…

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…