Category: News

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…

Growing international recognition for veteran activist

The pro-democracy campaigner, Dr Ngyuen Quang A, has been nominated for a prestigious Dutch human rights prize – a sign of growing international recognition for his work for political change. He is one of ten candidates selected for the Human…

Detention of Nguyen Van Dai extended

Vietnam has extended the detention of the human rights lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, whose arrest last year signalled the beginning of a wave of repression against government critics. Mr Dai and his assistant, Le Thu Ha, have been held in…

Anger at prison abuse and corruption

There has been an angry public reaction to the revelation that inmates from a prison near Ho Chi Minh City were forced to work on the construction of a house for a senior prison officer. Some 20 prisoners in striped…

Activists sentenced for “propaganda”

Two online activists have received jail terms at a trial in the southern coastal city of Nha Trang, as the authorities continue their crackdown on political campaigners. In a one day session that was closed to fellow activists, Nguyen Huu…

Activist released but religious persecution continues

The United States has highlighted continuing persecution of unregistered religious groups in Vietnam in its annual report on religious freedom around the world. The report cited evidence that followers of a wide range of religions suffered physical assaults, detention, prosecutions…