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Vietnamese Former Political Prisoner Honored with Norwegian Authors Union Freedom of Expression Prize

(Vu Quoc Ngu) Vietnamese writer Nguyen Xuan Nghia, who is currently under three-year house arrest, has been honored with the Freedom of Expression Prize of the Norwegian Authors’ Union for his writings which aims to promote multi-party democracy and human rights. (28/03/2015)

Nguyen Van Dai Harassed Following Release

(Viet Tan) - Vietnamese human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai was harassed and threatened by security officers outside his home on Sunday morning following his recent release from house arrest. He was also threatened the previous week by individuals who shouted profanity while he was being greeted by (...) (16/03/2015)

Australian MP Bernie Ripoll calls for the release of three human rights activists

(Bernie Ripoll) - Dear President, I write to you in relation to Pham Minh Vu, Le Thi Phuong Anh and Do Nam Trung whom are currently incarcerated at Dong Nai Prison for allegedly “Causing public disorder” since the 15.05.14. I, like the family and friends of these prisoners, would like to see that they are (...) (9/02/2015)

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 (...) (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)