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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 the courthouse. (30/11/2016)


Australian Representative Speaks Up in Parliament Regarding Vietnam’s Prisoners of Conscience

(Chris Hayes) - Australian Federal Member of Parliament Chris Hayes discussed the arrest of blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai and prominent land rights activist Can Thi Theu in Parliament House on the eve of International Human Rights (...) (25/11/2016)


UN Working Group Rules in Favour Regarding Detention of Nguyen Dang Minh Man

(UNWGAD) - In a decision announced on September 22, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) in Geneva ruled favourably to a petition regarding the detention of Vietnamese activist Nguyen Dang Minh Man. In a response to the petition submitted by Media Legal Defence Initiative (...) (18/11/2016)


A victory in the fight for freedom of expression in Vietnam

(Media Legal Defence Initiative) - The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for the release of a Vietnamese photojournalist, Mihn Man Dang Nguyen, who is currently serving a prison sentence for documenting events and issues that the Vietnamese Government did not wish to be publicised. The UN Working Group Opinion (...) (12/11/2016)


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)


Vietnamese Land Activist Cấn Thị Thêu Has Braved Violence, Arrest and Prison

(Global Voices) - This edited article by Giang Nguyễn is from Loa, an independent news website and podcast that broadcasts stories about Vietnam, and is republished by Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement. It tells the story of land rights activist Can Thi Theu, who was arrested last June for (...) (28/09/2016)


Vietnam fishermen sue Taiwan firm over mass fish deaths

(AFP) - Hundreds of fishermen in central Vietnam have filed lawsuits demanding more compensation from a Taiwanese firm accused of dumping toxic waste in the ocean that killed tonnes of fish, activists said Tuesday. (27/09/2016)


Vietnam jails land activist a second time for ’public disorder’

(Reuters) - A court in Vietnam sentenced a land rights activist to 20 months in jail on Tuesday for causing public disorder, her lawyer said, jailing her for a second time over a similar offence in a case a top human rights group said should have been dropped. Can Thi Theu, 54, was found guilty at a (...) (20/09/2016)


Help Release Prisoner of Conscience With Tumor (Viet Nam: UA 284/15)

(Amnesty International) - Prisoner of conscience Trần Thị Thúy’s health has seriously deteriorated since being diagnosed with a tumour in April 2015. Prison authorities continue to deny her proper medical treatment unless she confesses to the crimes for which she was (...) (15/09/2016)


Viet Nam: Conviction of youth activists highlights authorities’ retrograde attitude to human rights

(Amnesty International) - The convictions of two young men - Nguyễn Hữu Quốc Duy and Nguyễn Hữu Thiên An - on charges of “conducting propaganda against the state” on 23 August 2016 highlight the failure of the authorities in Viet Nam to come to terms with the increased willingness of people in Viet Nam to express (...) (30/08/2016)