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Ian Britza Calls for Release of Land Rights Activist Can Thi Theu

(Ian Britza) Member of Western Australian Parliament Ian Britza wrote to the Prime Minister of Vietnam calling for the release of prominent land rights activist Can Thi Theu. (15/08/2016)

Three Things You Need To Know about the South China Sea Verdict

(Loa) - It looks like China is in hot waters, as far as its patrols and military buildup in the South China Sea are concerned. This is the area China has delineated by a nine-dash line across much of the South China Sea. If you’ve seen it on a map, it looks like the letter “U” or a tongue sticking out (...) (4/08/2016)

Physical attack on human rights defender Mr To Oanh

(Front Line Defenders) - On 13 July as To Oanh and his wife were travelling by motorbike in Soc Sen district, Hanoi, they were followed by two unidentified men on motorbike who attacked the couple in a remote area. (17/07/2016)

Australian Member of Parliament Raises Vietnam Human Rights Cases to Foreign Minister

(Chris Hayes) - Australian Member of Parliament and Federal Opposition Whip Chris Hayes wrote a letter to the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop regarding several cases of prisoners of conscience and former political prisoners who have been harassed and intimidated by authorities in prison and following their (...) (1/07/2016)

Taiwan activists press Formosa Plastics over dead fish in Vietnam

(Reuters) - Activists in Taiwan called on the island’s largest industrial group, Formosa Plastics, to investigate recent mass fish deaths in Vietnam, near where the company has a steel plant. The deaths in April of fish in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh province, where the Taiwan group’s $10.6 billion steel plant is (...) (18/06/2016)

Vietnam: Arrest of land rights defender Can Thi Theu

(Front Line Defenders) - On 10 June 2016 land rights defender Ms Can Thi Theu was arrested in Hoa Binh province and charged with ’causing public disorder’. She is being detained in Hoa Lo detention centre in Hanoi. (18/06/2016)

Rep. Loretta Sanchez leads bipartisan letter urging President Obama to raise human rights concerns in Vietnam

(Loretta Sanchez) - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, today led a letter with 19 bipartisan members of Congress urging President Obama to raise concerns about Vietnam’s ongoing human rights violations and to advocate for the release (...) (18/05/2016)

Five Things to Know About Việt Nam’s Dead Fish

(Loa) - Dead fish are flooding the news. All the information, speculation, and outrage can get overwhelming, so let me break it down into five key points. (12/05/2016)

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 (...) (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)