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La Viet Dung, Founder of “I Don’t Like the Communist Party of Vietnam,” Detained Overnight

(Viet Tan) On January 23, 2015, La Viet Dung, the founder of the “I Don’t Like the Community Party of Vietnam” campaign, was detained overnight by the Vietnamese government. A prominent Internet activist, Dung is known for his involvement in No-U Hanoi, a well-known football club in Hanoi known for its activity addressing various social issues within the country including Chinese aggression in the South (...) (25/01/2015)

Vietnam Request by authorities to revoke license of lawyer Vo An Don

(L4L) - Vo An Don is an associate at the Centre for Government Legal Aid in Phu Yen province. He provides free legal service to poor people, members of the ethnic minorities and under-aged offenders. He has defended more than 200 court cases on a pro-bono (...) (20/01/2015)

EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

(European Union) - The European Union and Vietnam held on 19 January 2015 in Brussels the fourth round of their annual enhanced Dialogue on Human Rights in the spirit of the EU-Vietnam Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) signed in June 2012. The EU delegation was led by Mr Ugo Astuto, Director for South (...) (20/01/2015)

Rep. Loretta sanchez discusses Vietnam human rights violations with new U.S. Ambassador

(Loretta Sanchez) - WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, today spoke with Ted Osius, the recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam. During the call Rep. Sanchez emphasized the need for human rights reforms before closer economic ties like the (...) (14/01/2015)

Vietnam Strives to Tighten Control Over Press, Yet to Allow Independent Press

(Vu Quoc Ngu) - The ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) has vowed to tighten control over press in a bid to prevent independent journalism although the freedom of expression is enshrined in the country’s Constitution. In his closing speech of the plenum of the party’s Central Committee on Jan 12, CPV’s (...) (13/01/2015)

Recommendations made by independent Vietnamese civil society organisations sent to the 2015 ASEAN Civil Society Conference in Kuala Lumpur

(Vietnamese organisations) - South East Asian countries compiled various applications concerning in the particular area of civil society organisations. The 2015 ASEAN Civil Society Conference Organising Committee recently sent out a letter asking for countries to distribute these applications to the different civil society (...) (8/01/2015)

Nguyen Dang Minh Man resumes second hunger strike to object unfair treatment in prison

(Dang Ngoc Minh) - I am Dang Ngoc Minh, a former Prisoner of Conscience and mother of POC Nguyen Dang Minh Man who is serving an 8 year prison term at Prison 5, Yen Dinh, Thanh Hoa. I spoke to Minh Man when she called home on January 3rd, 2015 in a five minutes phone conversation and was informed that Minh Man (...) (6/01/2015)

Le Quoc Quan sends Season’s Greetings from prison

(Vietnam Redemptorist News) - Vietnamese human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan recently sent season’s greetings from An Diem Prison in Quang Nam Province. Arrested by the Vietnamese government for tax evasion in December 2012, Le Quoc Quan was sentenced to 30 months in prison. In his letter, Le Quoc Quan mentioned he received (...) (30/12/2014)

How International Human Rights Day Is Celebrated in Vietnam

(The Diplomat) - The government of Vietnam appears to have adopted an alarming new tactic against human rights activists. Which is worse, being thrown in jail or getting beaten up? This is a question activists in Vietnam were pondering on International Human Rights Day this (...) (28/12/2014)

Jailed Female Photo Journalist on Hunger Strike in Vietnam

(Global Voices) - Minh Man Dang Nguyen was arrested over three years ago for taking photographs at a protest and sentenced to nine years in prison on subversion charges. On 28 November, in protest of ill-treatment she has received while in detention, she began a hunger (...) (13/12/2014)