Category: News

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…

Show of defiance – report says Vietnam deploys missiles

Vietnam is reported to be strengthening its military position in the Spratly Islands in what looks like a startlingly bold response to China’s buildup in the area. The Reuters news agency quoted unidentified intelligence sources as saying that modern rocket…

Protests continue despite police threat

Protests have been continuing in central provinces over the mass poisoning of fish earlier this year, despite an ominous warning from police about the role of “subversives” in the environmental movement. Rallies took place in towns near the affected coastline…

Neighbours fail Vietnam’s “test”

China successfully outmanoeuvred rival claimants to territory in the South China Sea by ensuring that ASEAN made no mention of the recent international court ruling that rejected many of China’s claims. Cambodia, China’s closest ally in the regional grouping, succeeded…

Anti-China activists detained

The police arrested more than twenty people in Hanoi as the authorities moved quickly to smother rallies called to celebrate the recent South China Sea ruling against China. Activists gathering around Hoan Kiem Lake in the centre of the city…

Vietnam shrugs off torture report

Vietnam has responded with a straight denial to a new report that catalogues the harrowing abuse and torture inflicted on political prisoners in prison camps across the country. Vietnam fully meets its commitments under international conventions against torture and the…

Fears of China backlash

Vietnam has responded cautiously to the legal ruling at The Hague which inflicted such an overwhelming rebuff to China’s long-standing territorial claims in the South China Sea. Although not a party to the legal case, Vietnam has been handed a…

Activist savagely beaten on eve of South China Sea ruling

A pro-democracy activist and campaigner against China’s territorial claims has been attacked and brutally beaten by plainclothes men. La Viet Dung suffered head and face injuries and was left bleeding profusely on the roadside after he was dragged from a…