Category: Politics

Dissident in open challenge to party control

One of Vietnam’s most respected and influential dissidents is launching a campaign for election to the National Assembly in a direct challenge to the Communist Party’s monopoly on power. Dr Nguyen Quang A, a former party member and army officer,…

Victorious Trong justifies one-party rule

The victory of the communist old guard at the 12th party congress puts an end, for now, to a protracted power struggle that has riven the top levels of the Vietnamese leadership for years. The incumbent party boss, Nguyen Phu…

Fear, superstition and propaganda as congress meets.

A heavy police presence, a tightening of censorship and the death of a “sacred” turtle have added to an already charged political atmosphere as Communist Party delegates meet to decide the future leadership of Vietnam. Plainclothes police surrounded the homes…

Congress meets amid discord and rumours

Some 1,500 delegates have gathered in Hanoi for a decisive Communist Party congress amid a febrile political atmosphere unprecedented in recent years. Social media networks have been awash for weeks with rumours of vicious infighting, letters of denunciation and even…

Hanoi tense as leadership contest approaches climax

Political tension in Hanoi is rising as an intense struggle for the leadership of the Communist Party approaches its climax. Bloggers and other activists have been called in for long questioning sessions by police, who seem determined to prevent any…

Ba Sam trial set for eve of party congress

One of Vietnam’s highest profile political trials in years has been scheduled for the day before the Communist Party begins its much anticipated 12th National Congress. Nguyen Huu Vinh, who founded the Anh Ba Sam website, and his colleague, Nguyen…

Internet critics warned

The Vietnamese government has warned against the use of the internet to attack the Communist Party, amid swirling rumours of divisions and infighting in the run-up to the party congress in January. It condemned what it called “toxic activity” on…

EU urged to condemn beatings

The European Union has been urged to hold Vietnam to account over escalating attacks on dissidents as the two sides sit down for their annual human rights dialogue. The EU and Vietnam concluded negotiations for a free trade deal this…

Vietnam and Philippines to cooperate against China

Vietnam and the Philippines have upgraded their relationship to a “strategic partnership” – involving closer military cooperation – in a clear gesture of defiance to China. Meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Manila, President Truong Tan Sang…

Tense confrontation as lawyers challenge police

A confrontation has escalated between police and human rights lawyers, who have taken up the case of a teenager who died from injuries sustained in police custody. The lawyers suffered a violent assault, and one was temporarily detained, after they…