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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 located, and three other provinces along a 200 km (125 miles) stretch of coast, sparked rare protests in (...) (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)

Democracy in Action or Shrimp Sauce Election

(Loa) - Hoàng Văn Dũng, a 36-year-old activist with the Việt Nam Path Movement, is making his way to a middle school in Sài Gòn’s Phú Nhuận District. He is dressed in a crisp white shirt and a tie. Dũng is on the campaign trail for a seat on Việt Nam’s 14th National Assembly. On this Monday night in late March, (...) (12/04/2016)

Police Brutality: Abuse and Repeat

(Loa) - On a sunny August day last year, a large group of family members, friends, and supporters rushed through the gates of a police station in Lâm Hà District in southern Lâm Đồng Province to welcome home Trần Minh Nhật. (10/03/2016)

Interview: ’Our Family and My Life is in Danger’ From Police Harassment

(RFA) - Catholic activist Tran Minh Nhat, 24,of Vietnam’s Lam Dong province was arrested in August 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison plus three years’ controlled residence under a vague law that targetsactivities aimed at “overthrowing the government.” Nhat, who had joined protests against (...) (18/02/2016)

Declaration from Catholic Youth Activists and Former Prisoners of Conscience

(Catholic Youth Activists and Former Prisoners of Conscience) - We, the former prisoners of conscience from the group of Catholic and Protestant youth who were arbitrarily arrested in 2011, jointly denounce the Vietnamese communist authorities’ ongoing harassment and intimidation of former prisoner of conscience Tran Minh Nhat and his (...) (18/02/2016)