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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)

Democracy Activist Đặng Xuân Diệu Released and Exiled to France

(Loa) - Đặng Xuân Diệu, an engineer, member of pro-democracy party Việt Tân, and member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, was released on Thursday afternoon from prison camp K3 in the city of Vũng Tàu and taken straight to Tân Sơn Nhất Airport under heavy police (...) (15/01/2017)

Court Upholds Sentence for Vietnamese Democracy Activist

(Loa) - A court in Nha Trang has upheld the sentence of a Vietnamese democracy activist, who along with his cousin was sentenced on charges of conducting “propaganda against the state” earlier this year. Nguyễn Hũu Quốc Duy, 31, had his three-year prison term upheld after a 90-minute appeal trial on Monday (...) (30/12/2016)

Hà Nội Upholds Jail Sentence for Land Rights Activist

(Loa) - A prominent Vietnamese land rights activist, 54-year-old Cấn Thị Thêu, has had her sentence upheld in her appeal trial Wednesday. The Hà Nội People’s Court declined to reduce her 20-month jail term, while scores of her supporters who were barred from attending the ‘public’ trial protested outside (...) (30/11/2016)

Five News Stories to Know for October

(Loa) - After months of coping with the fallout from the fish crisis, October brought no good news to the central region of Việt Nam. Meanwhile, the national debt continues to grow, and so does government repression of dissidents. Here’s what you need to know this (...) (1/11/2016)

Three Things You Need To Know about the South China Sea Verdict

(Loa) - It looks like China is in hot waters, as far as its patrols and military buildup in the South China Sea are concerned. This is the area China has delineated by a nine-dash line across much of the South China Sea. If you’ve seen it on a map, it looks like the letter “U” or a tongue sticking out (...) (4/08/2016)

Five Things to Know About Việt Nam’s Dead Fish

(Loa) - Dead fish are flooding the news. All the information, speculation, and outrage can get overwhelming, so let me break it down into five key points. (12/05/2016)

Democracy in Action or Shrimp Sauce Election

(Loa) - Hoàng Văn Dũng, a 36-year-old activist with the Việt Nam Path Movement, is making his way to a middle school in Sài Gòn’s Phú Nhuận District. He is dressed in a crisp white shirt and a tie. Dũng is on the campaign trail for a seat on Việt Nam’s 14th National Assembly. On this Monday night in late March, (...) (12/04/2016)

Police Brutality: Abuse and Repeat

(Loa) - On a sunny August day last year, a large group of family members, friends, and supporters rushed through the gates of a police station in Lâm Hà District in southern Lâm Đồng Province to welcome home Trần Minh Nhật. (10/03/2016)

Political Prisoner Confronted With Difficult Choice

(Loa) - “Go home and alert the human rights organizations, the United Nations, and Vietnamese abroad to please do their best to take care of me. Even if I die in prison, I will never plead guilty to the Communist party because I did things for the people and for the country, to take care of the people (...) (9/02/2016)

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