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Vietnam should respect the right of freedom of expression, says DROI Chair

(The European Parliament) In reaction to the sentencing to 7 years imprisonment of Nguyen Van Hoa, Vietnamese activist, Mr. Panzeri, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights stated: "I have learnt with dismay of the 7 year sentence against Mr. Nguyen Van Hoa for expressing his views on this environmental disaster, which caused a very serious problem for the livelihood of fishermen in the Ha Tinh (...) (29/11/2017)

Vietnam: Release All Political Prisoners

(Human Rights Watch) - Over 100 Behind Bars with World Leaders to Attend APEC Summit (New York, November 3, 2017) – The Vietnamese government should immediately release everyone it has detained or imprisoned for peacefully exercising their rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch posted a new web (...) (4/11/2017)

Australia’s Members of Parliament sign letter regarding dire human rights situation in Vietnam

(Australian MPs) - More than 60 Members of Australian Parliament have signed a letter to the Australian Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam regarding the dire human rights situation in Vietnam. Initiated by the Hon. Tim Wilson MP and the Hon. Chris Hayes MP and signed by Labor, Liberal, Nationals, (...) (1/11/2017)

Vietnamese Blogger Phan Kim Khanh Given Six-Year Prison Term

(Radio Free Asia) - Vietnamese democracy advocate and blogger Phan Kim Khanh was sentenced on Wednesday to six years in prison by a court in northeastern Vietnam’s Thai Nguyen province on charges of spreading “propaganda against the state” in a trial rights groups described as (...) (27/10/2017)

Vietnam’s harsh summer: state launches largest crackdown on dissidents in years

(The Guardian) - At least 11 activists have been arrested, charged or convicted over the past few months, while another was stripped of his citizenship and deported to France Ho Thi Chau, 25, was left alone and blacklisted after her husband was returned to jail for “attempting to overthrow the [Vietnamese] (...) (27/09/2017)

Vietnam president’s mysterious absence raising eyebrows

(Nikkei Asian Review) - HANOI — Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has not been seen in public for nearly a month with no explanation from the government, fueling speculation about a power struggle and talk that the nation’s top leader — the head of the Communist Party — could step down next (...) (27/08/2017)

’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 (...) (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. 25 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)