Category: News

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,…

Pressure increases over Formosa disaster

Thousands of protesters surrounded the Formosa Ha Tinh steel plant amid growing frustration at the slow pace of compensation paid to victims of one of Vietnam’s worst environmental disasters. Witnesses estimated that ten thousand people descended on the site on…

Ba Sam appeal rejected

An appeal court in Hanoi has upheld the jail sentences imposed on two bloggers, whose conviction in March signalled the authorities’ growing intolerance of press freedom. Nguyen Huu Vinh, who produced a popular blog under the name of Anh Ba…

Call for court to free influential bloggers

Rights activists at home and abroad have called on an appeal court to overturn the jail terms imposed on two bloggers earlier this year. The conviction in March of Nguyen Huu Vinh, who founded a widely read blog under the…

France disappoints on human rights

France’s failure to stress human rights during this week’s visit to Vietnam by President Hollande has disappointed human rights activists. French media said that French officials had requested the release of four political prisoners during the three day visit, but…

Modi’s Vietnam visit sends message to Beijing

The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, is visiting Vietnam – en route to the G20 summit in Hangzhou – in a gesture aimed squarely at the Chinese leadership. India is seeking to highlight its growing strategic ties with Vietnam, which…