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Human rights abuses in Vietnam make TPP unacceptable

(Chris Smith & Zoe Lofgren) Among the potential partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Vietnam is the only country that bans independent labor unions and religious groups. It’s the only country considered one of the world’s worst violators of Internet freedom. It harbors severe child labor and forced labor violators, and regularly jails and tortures dissidents who speak out for human rights, political inclusion (...) (17/05/2015)

Obama denounces attacks on press freedom

(AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Friday denounced attacks against media around the world, receiving three journalists from countries that "severely restrict" freedom of the press. Obama’s comments come two days after a report by the human rights group Freedom House said that press freedom around (...) (2/05/2015)

Vietnamese Netizens Are Getting Bolder Online, Despite Tough Laws

(Global Voices) - Mong Palatino Despite serious restrictions on free expression in Vietnam, a growing number of citizens are actively using online networks to express their views on social and political issues. Vietnam has a population of 93 million and an Internet user base of almost 40 million. There are more (...) (22/04/2015)

Vietnam Ongoing harassment of lawyer Nguyen Van Dai

(L4L) - L4L is very concerned about the ongoing harassment of human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai. Dai was under house arrest in Hanoi since 2011, serving a four-year sentence that was due to end on 5 March 2015. He has been the victim of several acts of intimidation in the months leading up to the end (...) (7/04/2015)

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 (...) (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)