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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 prison and flew immediately to France, according to news reports. He arrived in Paris early today, (...) (16/01/2017)

Democracy Activist Đặng Xuân Diệu Released and Exiled to France

(Loa) - Đặng Xuân Diệu, an engineer, member of pro-democracy party Việt Tân, and member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, was released on Thursday afternoon from prison camp K3 in the city of Vũng Tàu and taken straight to Tân Sơn Nhất Airport under heavy police (...) (15/01/2017)

Court Upholds Sentence for Vietnamese Democracy Activist

(Loa) - A court in Nha Trang has upheld the sentence of a Vietnamese democracy activist, who along with his cousin was sentenced on charges of conducting “propaganda against the state” earlier this year. Nguyễn Hũu Quốc Duy, 31, had his three-year prison term upheld after a 90-minute appeal trial on Monday (...) (30/12/2016)

Vietnamese Comedian Questioned by Authorities

(Viet Tan) - Security police in Saigon found nothing amusing about a local comedian’s online monologues and ordered the funnyman to come in for questioning. Nguyen Phuc Gia Huy, a stand-up comedian who performs under the stage name Dua Leo (meaning cucumber) was asked to present himself to the Phu Trung (...) (14/12/2016)

Human rights lawyer detained for blogging and advocacy must be released

(Media Legal Defence Initiative) - Nguyen Van Dai – a prominent human rights lawyer and blogger in Viet Nam is being detained incommunicado for exercising his right to free speech. Nguyen Van Dai has been in prison since 16 December 2015 when he was arrested on a trumped-up charge of “conducting propaganda” against the (...) (10/12/2016)

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 (...) (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)