Category: Opinions

SEAPA on media freedom in Vietnam: Neither side gives way

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance has just released their annual report on media freedom in regional countries, in which the section of Vietnam is still marked with arrests, assaults, site attacks, even cyber wars on Facebook.  Freedom of expression remains…

Criminal justice in Vietnam: Compassionate communists

The Economist – The party allows a smidgen of penal reform.  ONE ordinary farmer, Nguyen Thanh Chan, is now a celebrity in Vietnam. In 2004 he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a woman in Nghia Trung,…

TPP will help workers in Vietnam pursue their rights

By Tom Malinowski – Two months ago, workers at a shoe factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, went on strike to protest changes their government had made to the country’s social security law. The strike spread through the city’s industrial…

‘I don’t want you to go protesting’

This day four years ago, June 5, 2011, marked the first one in a series of street protests in Hanoi and Saigon. Below is a writing by Da Thao Phuong, a local blogger in Hanoi, on the protest that she…

36 NGOs worldwide call for the release of Tran Huynh Duy Thuc

On the day that marks 6th year of imprisonment for Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, 18 international NGOs and 18 Vietnamese organizations made a joint statement urging the Vietnamese government to “immediately release” Thuc. They did so in an unprecedented collective attempt…

TPP and the fanciful tales

As the Vietnamese government is trying to conclude their negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP) becomes one of the most popular topics in political discussions in the country. For democracy and human rights activists, it provokes debates on…

USA Today: What Communist Vietnam is hiding

By Hoi Trinh (USA Today) – For many, peace has never returned to their homeland, and certainly not since April 30, 1975. A few weeks ago, I came across an article reaffirming how, on the 40th anniversary of the defeat of…

Lost chance for the winning side

A scholar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy told the BBC that the winning side of communist Vietnam lost an opportunity in 1975 when they declined to take advantage of what their opponent, the South Vietnam, had…