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Vietnamese protest one year after Formosa spill disaster

(Reuters) Protests were held at several places along Vietnam’s coast on Thursday, a year after the country’s worst environmental disaster was caused by a spill from a steel mill, activists said. Sea life began washing up on April 6, 2016 near a steel plant being developed by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp. Within weeks, more than 200 km (125 miles) of coast had been (...) (11/04/2017)

Female POC Nguyễn Đặng Minh Mẫn beaten and held in solitary confinement in prison

(The 88 Project) - The 88 Project, March 13, 2017: “My daughter Minh Mẫn was beaten and wounded in prison, and she was held in solitary confinement in a stinky cell for 10 days.” Mrs. Đặng Ngọc Minh, mother of Minh Mẫn, shared in an interview with SBTN. (21/03/2017)

Viet Nam: Three human rights defenders held incommunicado

(Amnesty International) - Within 10 days of each other, three unassociated Vietnamese human rights defenders were arrested in January and are currently being held in incommunicado pre-trial detention. With no access to lawyers, they are at risk of torture and other (...) (15/02/2017)

Vietnamese Authorities Send in the ‘Thugs’ to Beat Activists

(Radio Free Asia) - Vietnamese authorities appear to be systematically cracking down on activists, as environmentalists and others have been attacked by security forces and thugs associated with local police over the past week, RFA’s Vietnamese Service has (...) (14/02/2017)

Vietnam police stop fishermen marching to make claims at steel firm

(Reuters) - Police in Vietnam stopped hundreds of protesters on Tuesday from marching to present compensation claims against a steel plant over a toxic spill last year, activists said. Tens of millions of fish were killed in one of Vietnam’s biggest environmental disasters, which was caused by a unit of (...) (14/02/2017)

Nguyen Van Oai Arrested

(Front Line Defenders) - On 21 January 2017 human rights defender Ms Tran Thi Nga was arrested in Ha Nam province on charges of anti-state propaganda. Two days earlier, fellow human rights defender Mr Nguyen Van Oai was arrested in Nghe An province on charges of ‘resisting officials on duty’ and violating his (...) (29/01/2017)

RSF decries arrests of three activist bloggers in Vietnam

(Reporters Without Borders) - Reporters Without Borders condemns the “preventive” arrests of three bloggers and citizen journalists in the past few days in the run-up to the Vietnamese New Year, known as the Tet, and calls for their immediate release and the withdrawal of all charges against (...) (25/01/2017)

Formosa protest reporter kidnapped by Vietnamese authorities

(Good News for the Poor) - Nguyen Van Hoa, a Vietnamese Catholic youth, was arbitrarily arrested by Ha Tinh security police on January 11, 2017. Hoa has reported on various protests against the Formosa Steel Plant in Ha Tinh and Nghe An Provinces in central (...) (24/01/2017)

Statement Opposing the Police’s Unlawful Arrest of activist Nguyen Van Oai

(Association of Catholic Former Prisoners of Conscience) - Nguyen Van Oai, a former prisoner of conscience, was ambushed and kidnapped by a group of men, later identified as the local security police at 10pm on January 19, 2017. Oai was traveling on Road 36 and was on his way home. After a whole day without knowing where Oai was taken to, his family (...) (22/01/2017)

Vietnamese journalist Dang Xuan Dieu released from prison

(CPJ) - Bangkok, January 13, 2017 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison of Vietnamese journalist Dang Xuan Dieu and calls on Vietnamese authorities to free unconditionally all journalists held behind bars. Dieu was released late last night after more than five years in (...) (16/01/2017)