My Fiancé Will Spend His 30th Birthday in a Vietnamese Prison

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in News & More | No Comments
My Fiancé Will Spend His 30th Birthday in a Vietnamese Prison

Huong Nguyen, AI 5 years, your voice I couldn’t hear your smile I couldn’t see My heart filled with memories and the shared moonlight, only… I write these words with extreme sadness, as of September 5, I know my fiancé, Nguyen Tien Trung, a prisoner of conscience in Viet Nam, is not being released as […]

Taming the online spaces in Vietnam

Posted on May 5, 2013 in News & More | No Comments
Taming the online spaces in Vietnam

SEAPA [Southeast Asia Press Freedom Challenges for 2013] The maritime sovereignty dispute between Vietnam and China has continued into 2013, with the latest incident occurring on 26 March 2013 after a Chinese patrol boat fired on a Vietnamese fishing vessel. China’s use of weapons may perhaps signal a new phase in the dispute over the […]

RSF awards Vietnamese blogger Huynh Ngoc Chenh

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 in News & More | No Comments
RSF awards Vietnamese blogger Huynh Ngoc Chenh

Reporters Without Borders, with support from Google, Thursday awarded its Netizen of the Year 2013 award to Vietnamese blogger Huynh Ngoc Chenh. Reporters Without Borders chose the nominees and more than 40,000 Internet users visited the YouTube site from around the world. They selected the winner on Reporters’ You Tube Channel. The award ceremony will […]

Vietnam journalist critical of party boss fired

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in News & More | No Comments
Vietnam journalist critical of party boss fired

Vietnam’s government has asked its citizens to debate planned revisions to the country’s constitution. But when journalist Nguyen Dac Kien weighed in on his blog, he quickly discovered the limits of its willingness for discussion. His state-run paper fired him the next day. Kien had taken issue with a statement by the Communist Party chief […]

Vietnam frees rights lawyer from jail: family

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 in News & More | No Comments
Vietnam frees rights lawyer from jail: family

Vietnam on Wednesday released from prison a prominent human rights lawyer who served more than three years of a five year jail sentence for trying to overthrow the regime, his family said. “He was freed before Tet (Lunar New Year) and because his mother’s health is poor,” said Dang Ngoc Anh, the sister-in-law of lawyer […]

Vietnam: Crackdown on Critics Escalates

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 in News & More | No Comments
Vietnam: Crackdown on Critics Escalates

  Source: HRW Retrograde Policies, Persecuting Activists Holds Back Development (London) – The Vietnamese government is systematically suppressing freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and persecuting those who question government policies, expose official corruption, or call for democratic alternatives to one-party rule, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. Share

Viet Nam: Arbitrary internment of Le Anh Hung in “Social Support Centre No 2” Ung Hoa

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 in News & More | No Comments
Viet Nam: Arbitrary internment of Le Anh Hung in “Social Support Centre No 2” Ung Hoa

OINT OPEN LETTER – THE OBSERVATORY Attn: President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Communist Party Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong January 30, 2013 Re: Arbitrary internment of Le Anh Hung in “Social Support Centre No 2” Ung Hoa, Hanoi, January 24, 2013 Share

David Cameron should call for release of prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam as top party official visits UK

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 in News & More | No Comments
David Cameron should call for release of prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam as top party official visits UK

Source: Amnesty International Prime Minister David Cameron should call on Viet Nam’s government to halt its crackdown on freedom of expression and release all prisoners of conscience, Amnesty International said on the first day of an official visit to the UK by Nguyen Phu Trong, the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of Viet […]

Vietnam – Prison sentences handed down to human rights defenders

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 in News & More | No Comments

France condemns the heavy prison sentences handed down on 9 January to 14 human rights defenders by the People’s Court of Nghe An Province in Vietnam. Several similar decisions have been taken by the Vietnamese authorities in recent months. Share

UN human rights office concerned over convictions of 14 activists in Vietnam

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 in News & More | No Comments
UN human rights office concerned over convictions of 14 activists in Vietnam

11 January 2013 – The United Nations human rights office has expressed serious concern over the convictions and sentencing of 14 political activists in Vietnam for subversive activities.   In a news briefing in Geneva, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Rupert Colville, said that the 14 […]

Viet Nam: Release bloggers, stop silencing dissent

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 in News & More | No Comments
Viet Nam: Release bloggers, stop silencing dissent

Amnesty International December 21, 2012 For Vietnamese, please click here. Three Vietnamese bloggers given harsh prison sentences for alleged anti-state propaganda must be freed immediately, Amnesty International said ahead of their appeal hearing on 28 December 2012.  Share

Viet Nam: Acquit songwriters who face 20 years in jail

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 in News & More | No Comments
Viet Nam: Acquit songwriters who face 20 years in jail

Source: Amnesty International Two Vietnamese songwriters who face up to 20 years in jail for writing songs criticizing their government should be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said today, ahead of their trial on Tuesday 30 October 2012 at Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Court. Share

Viet Nam: Acquit songwriters who face 20 years in jail

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 in News & More | No Comments
Viet Nam: Acquit songwriters who face 20 years in jail

Source: Amnesty International Two Vietnamese songwriters who face up to 20 years in jail for writing songs criticising their government should be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said today, ahead of their trial on Tuesday 30 October 2012 at Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Court. 

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Vietnamese student arrested for ‘propaganda’

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 in News & More | No Comments
Vietnamese student arrested for ‘propaganda’

Source: AFP HANOI, Oct 25, 2012 – A 20-year-old Vietnamese student, missing for two weeks since a police raid on her home, is being held for allegedly spreading propaganda against the one-party communist state, reports said Thursday. Share

UN rights chief voices concern over harsh sentences against bloggers in Viet Nam

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 in News & More | No Comments
UN rights chief voices concern over harsh sentences against bloggers in Viet Nam

United Nations 25 September 2012 – The United Nations human rights chief today voiced deep concern about the conviction and harsh sentencing of journalists and bloggers in Viet Nam, stressing that this reflects a trend of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in the country, especially against those who use the Internet to voice criticisms […]

Vietnam hands three bloggers harsh prison terms

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 in News & More | No Comments
Vietnam hands three bloggers harsh prison terms

Source: CPJ Bangkok, September 24, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harsh prison sentences handed down today to three prominent Vietnamese online journalists convicted of anti-state charges. In a widening crackdown on press and Internet freedoms, Vietnamese courts have sentenced six journalists and bloggers to prison in the last five weeks. Share

Vietnam jails bloggers for ‘anti-state propaganda’

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 in News & More | No Comments
Vietnam jails bloggers for ‘anti-state propaganda’

AFP HO CHI MINH CITY — A court in southern Vietnam jailed three bloggers Monday for “anti-state propaganda” at a brief but dramatic hearing, prompting calls from the United States and EU for their immediate release. Share

Viet Nam: Release bloggers, stop harassing their family and friends

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 in News & More | No Comments
Viet Nam: Release bloggers, stop harassing their family and friends

Source: Amnesty International Three Vietnamese bloggers who face up to 20 years in jail simply for exercising their right to freedom of expression should be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said today, ahead of their trial at Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Court on Monday 24 September 2012. Share

Law student fights to free fiancé

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 in News & More | No Comments
Law student fights to free fiancé

Kathryn Moody Source: Indiana Daily Student For four years, law student Huong Nguyen has been studying democracy. Democracy is a fascinating abstraction for some but a given in a society that has preached the glories of a government for the people, by the people since its inception. Share

Viet Nam: Trial against three pro-democracy bloggers to open on September 24

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 in News & More | No Comments
Viet Nam: Trial against three pro-democracy bloggers to open on September 24

Bangkok-Paris-Geneva, September 21, 2012. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), together with the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR), are deeply concerned at the judicial action against three pro-democracy bloggers. The trial against Mr. […]

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