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Two journalists arrested while covering ecological disaster in Vietnam

(CPJ) Bangkok, May 4, 2015 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of two journalists amid a wider crackdown on dissent in Vietnam. Police on May 1 arrested Chu Manh Son, a reporter with the local Catholic news service Good News for the Poor, and Truong Minh Tam, a citizen journalist with the Vietnam Path Movement civil-society group, as they reported on a mysterious ecological (...) (5/05/2016)

Vietnam Fish Deaths Cast Suspicion on Formosa Steel Plant

(The Diplomat) - In addition to the off-shore conflict in the South China Sea, Vietnamese citizens now have to face another disaster on the country’s central coast. Unprecedented fish kills have been discovered along the beaches of four central coastal provinces, namely Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Quang Binh, and Hue. (...) (1/05/2016)

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)

Interview: ’Our Family and My Life is in Danger’ From Police Harassment

(RFA) - Catholic activist Tran Minh Nhat, 24,of Vietnam’s Lam Dong province was arrested in August 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison plus three years’ controlled residence under a vague law that targetsactivities aimed at “overthrowing the government.” Nhat, who had joined protests against (...) (18/02/2016)

Declaration from Catholic Youth Activists and Former Prisoners of Conscience

(Catholic Youth Activists and Former Prisoners of Conscience) - We, the former prisoners of conscience from the group of Catholic and Protestant youth who were arbitrarily arrested in 2011, jointly denounce the Vietnamese communist authorities’ ongoing harassment and intimidation of former prisoner of conscience Tran Minh Nhat and his (...) (18/02/2016)

Further Harassment by Lam Ha Police

(Paul Tran Minh Nhat) - During the Lunar New Year, Lam Ha Police harassed and threatened my family for the seventh time in just over a month. The Lam Ha Police set fire onto dry coffee plants adjacent to my house right after midnight on February 10. This arson attack was only 10 meters away from my home. The fire was (...) (13/02/2016)

Vietnam – Intimidation and harassment of human rights defender and his family

(Front Line Defenders) - Between 24 December 2015 and 2 January 2016, the human rights defender Mr Tran Minh Nhat and his family members were subjected to several acts of harassment. They suffered the destruction of their crops, break-ins at their properties, deliberate damage to their irrigation equipment, and the (...) (8/01/2016)

Vietnam – Human rights defender Nguyen Van Dai arrested a week after being brutally beaten

(Front Line Defenders) - On 16 December 2015, Mr Nguyen Van Dai was arrested on anti-state charges in Hanoi. The arrest took place only one week after the human rights defender was brutally beaten by unknown men in masks after leading a training forum for human rights defenders in Hanoi. Nguyen Van Dai is the (...) (28/12/2015)

Congressman Lowenthal Denounces Arrest Of Human Rights Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai By Vietnamese Government

(Alan Lowenthal) - Congressman Alan Lowenthal today issued the following statement on the arrest yesterday in Vietnam of human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai on charges of “propaganda against the state”: “I am, along with the Vietnamese-American community and many in the international community, shocked and outraged (...) (22/12/2015)