Category: News

Police break up memorial for Spratly massacre

Police broke up an attempt to commemorate the anniversary of a bloody clash in which 64 Vietnamese sailors were killed by Chinese forces 29 years ago. At least two people were beaten by police after being arrested,  others were prevented…

Special rapporteurs intervene for “Mother Mushroom”

Five special rapporteurs of the UN’s Human Rights Council have contacted the Vietnamese government to urge the release of the blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who’s better known as Me Nam or Mother Mushroom. They expressed grave concern that she…

US highlights Vietnam’s rights abuses

The United States has painted a grim picture of human rights in Vietnam, highlighting the authorities’ use of arbitrary arrest, police violence and denial of fair trials. In its annual human rights report, the State Department noted that the National…

Formosa protesters defy police threats

Protesters have staged rallies across the country to demand the expulsion of the Taiwanese company, Formosa, for causing last year’s devastating chemical spill off the central coast. The largest demonstrations was reported in Nghe An province, where residents said several…

Vietnam offers help to Kim murder suspect

The Vietnamese government appears to be belatedly offering support to a Vietnamese woman accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia. The Vietnamese foreign ministry said that its embassy in the Malaysian capital was seeking lawyers for Doan Thi Huong,…

Government names officials over Formosa disaster

Vietnam has for the first time named government officials deemed responsible for the environmental disaster off the central coast last year. It identified 11 officials, including a former environment minister, saying they should be disciplined or face an official review….

Exiled journalist tells of abuse in prison

A recently exiled Vietnamese activist has told an international gathering in Geneva that he suffered persistent physical and psychological abuse during his six years in jail. Dang Xuan Dieu said he was periodically shackled, held in solitary confinement, and abused…

Vietnam remembers China border war

Small groups of people gathered in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to mark the anniversary of the brief border war with China, which is not officially commemorated by Vietnam’s communist government. Large numbers of police were deployed as mourners…

Police assault Formosa protest marchers

Police officers used violence and arrests to halt a march by hundreds of protesters demanding compensation for last year’s environmental disaster, which destroyed fish stocks off the central coast. A Catholic priest, Nguyen Dinh Thuc, led some five hundred parishioners…

Rights campaigner released after three years detention

The prominent activist, Bui Thi Minh Hang, has been released from prison after serving a three year sentence on public order charges. She was greeted by supporters as she emerged from the Gia Trung prison camp in the Central Highlands….