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Vietnam Today

Vietnam Today

Thug Assaults in Lam Dong Province

(Pham Minh Hoang) Saigon, Vietnam - Vietnamese prisoner of conscience Tran Minh Nhat was released after four years in prison on August 28, 2015 and returned home to begin his three years of house arrest. Many of his family and friends came to welcome him home, including various former prisoners of conscience. Everyone came to celebrate his release. The morning after on, we departed to go (...) (1/09/2015)


Hell Behind Prison Walls

(LOA) - When Vietnamese youth around the world came together to record the song Phải Lên Tiếng (Speak Up Now), the young man who wrote the lyrics, was already behind bars. Paulus Lê Văn Sơn did not know the song was written using words from his (...) (22/08/2015)


Vietnamese Court Releases Mekong Delta Land Rights Activist

(Radio Free Asia) - Vietnamese authorities released a land activist from prison on Monday, where he was serving a five-year sentence for attempting to overthrow the government. Duong Kim Khai, pastor of a Mennonite church offshoot known as the Cow Shed Church, told RFA’s Vietnamese Service that despite his (...) (11/08/2015)


Australian MP Bernie Ripoll raises concern about three Vietnamese activists to Australian Foreign Minister

(Bernie Ripoll) - Dear Minister, I write to you in relation to Ho Duc Hoa, Dang Xuan Dieu and Nguyen Dang Minh Man whom have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms in Vietnam for allegedky ‘Carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the People’s Government’ under Article 79 of the Penal (...) (8/08/2015)


Ian Britza demands Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to release Three Prisoners of Conscience

(Ian Britza) - I write to you to bring to your attention the plight of three human rights defenders who remain detained by the Vietnamese government. Ho Duc Hoa, Dang Xuan Dieu and Nguyen Dang Minh Man have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for allegedly “Carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the (...) (3/08/2015)


Australien MP Simpkins calls for the release of three Prisoners of Conscience

(Luke Simpkins) - Dear Prime Minister, I write to bring to your attention regarding three human rights defenders who remain detained by the Vietnamese government. Ho Duc Hoa, Dang Xuan Dieu and Nguyen Dang Minh Man have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms and for allegedly under Article 79 of the Penal (...) (26/07/2015)


A rap anthem called ’F*ck Communism’ is going viral in Vietnam

(Patrick Winn - Global Post) - BANGKOK, Thailand — "Hardcore hip-hop" isn’t releasing yet another rhyme about cocaine and Glocks to titillate the American suburbs. Hardcore hip-hop is a Vietnamese MC rapping about executing corrupt officials and overthrowing the Communist Party. One of Vietnam’s most subversive new rap songs (...) (26/07/2015)


Vietnam: Concern at continued detention of artist and youth activist Nguyễn Thanh Phước

(Front Line Defender) - Artist and youth activist Mr Nguyễn Thanh Phước remains in detention ten days after his arrest on 11 July 2015, during a public meeting of youth social movement the’Zombie movement’. Two days after the arrest, on 13 July 2015, five police officers raided Nguyễn Thanh Phước’s home without a search (...) (22/07/2015)


Rapper, Youth Activist Nguyen Phi Detained by Security Police

(LOA) - On July 11, Vietnamese youths prepared to attend an open meetup in Saigon, something they had been planning publicly for days. Outfitted in zombie t-shirts, they made their way to the meeting location on Nguyễn Huệ Boulevard in the middle of District 1, only to unexpectedly encounter security (...) (19/07/2015)


Chris Hayes Raises Vietnam’s Voices of Conscience to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

(Chris Hayes) - Australian Member of Parliament and Federal Opposition Whip Chris Hayes wrote a letter to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop regarding several cases of political prisoners who remain detained ahead of the upcoming Australia-Vietnam human rights (...) (14/07/2015)