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’We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

(The Guardian) A year after Vietnam’s worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation. “We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin” – the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the country’s fishermen, says Nguyen Viet (...) (15/08/2017)

Trial Set for Vietnamese Human Rights Defender Nguyen Van Oai

(Viet Tan) - Local authorities notified Oai’s defense lawyer, Ha Huy Son, of the trial set for August 21 in Nghe An province (central Vietnam). Nguyen Van Oai was arrested on January 19 by security police and later charged with “resisting persons on duty” and “failing to comply with sentence” under Articles 257 (...) (15/08/2017)

2017 Crackdown in Vietnam

(Viet Tan) - A snapshot of the ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression in Vietnam in 2017. 20 bloggers, human rights defenders and community organisers have been arrested, issued arrest warrants and exiled since the beginning of the year. (13/08/2017)

Việt Nam News Roundup

(Loa) - Prominent blogger Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, known by the pen name Mẹ Nấm, or Mother Mushroom, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The 37-year-old stood trial on Thursday on charges of ‘conducting propaganda against the state’ under Article 88 of the Penal (...) (12/07/2017)

Viet Nam condemned strongly by UN Working Group

(Media Legal Defence Initiative) - The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has published an Opinion in June 2017 calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the prominent Vietnamese human rights lawyer and blogger Nguyen Van Dai. The UN Working Group Opinion is the result of a petition that was filed by the Media (...) (2/07/2017)

Taiwanese organisations mark one year since Formosa disaster

(Taiwanese civil society organisations) - A coalition of Taiwanese civil society organisations published a statement to mark the one year anniversary of the Formosa environmental disaster calling for increased transparency and responsibility. (1/07/2017)

Statement by Human Rights Watch on stripping of #Vietnamese citizenship from Pham Minh Hoang and deporting him to France

(Human Rights Watch) - "By stripping political dissident Pham Minh Hoang’s citizenship and forcing him on to a plane to #France, Hanoi has committed a blatantly illegal, rights violating act that deserves forceful, worldwide condemnation. (26/06/2017)

Ongoing Harassment of Vietnamese Catholic Priest

(Viet Tan) - A Catholic priest and his parishioners continue to be harassed and intimidated by local authorities and thugs from Nghe An Province in central Vietnam. A large mob of people prevented Father Nguyen Dinh Thuc from returning home after he conducted evening mass at Van Thai sub-parish on May (...) (3/06/2017)

Professor and blogger Pham Minh Hoang pens open letter about possible deportation from Vietnam

(Pham Minh Hoang) - On June 1, 2017, the French Consulate in Saigon invited me to inform me of “terrible news”: the Vietnamese government decided to revoke my Vietnamese citizenship on May 17, which will result in my deportation to France (I have dual French/Vietnamese (...) (3/06/2017)

Vietnamese protest one year after Formosa spill disaster

(Reuters) - Protests were held at several places along Vietnam’s coast on Thursday, a year after the country’s worst environmental disaster was caused by a spill from a steel mill, activists said. Sea life began washing up on April 6, 2016 near a steel plant being developed by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp. (...) (11/04/2017)