Category: News

Numerous safety violations at Formosa – news agency

A power cut at the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel plant in April led to toxic waste water flooding into the sea off the central coast, according to a government investigation seen by the Reuters news agency. Full details of the…

Police raids net three more activists on anti-state charges

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have swooped on members of a newly formed civil society association, arresting three and charging them under a draconian security law. Police agents seized Luu Van Vinh, the founder of the group, at his…

Activists condemned in National Assembly

A member of the National Assembly has accused environmental activists of trying to ignite public disorder over the Formosa disaster, which devastated fish stocks off central provinces. In the latest attack by Communist party officials on a growing environmental movement,…

Blogger arrested as government targets environmental critics

Another well-known blogger has been arrested, as the authorities continue their campaign to silence independent voices. Ho Van Hai was detained in Ho Chi Minh City and accused of distributing anti-state information on the internet. The 52-year-old blogger is being…

Petition signed for blogger’s freedom

Hundreds of independent bloggers have signed an online petition calling for the release of the detained activist, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quyhn, who wrote under the name of  Me Nam or Mother Mushroom. She was arrested earlier this month and charged…

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,…