A jailed Vietnamese democracy advocate has been hospitalized in failing health in Nghe An province after reaching the 50-day mark in a hunger strike launched to appeal for a reduction in his prison term, family members say.
Rights activists and relatives of political prisoners in Vietnam called this week for sanctions to be imposed on Vietnamese officials deemed responsible for torture and other abuses in the country’s jails, as criticism of Hanoi’s repression of critics and dissenters mounts around the world.
An appeals court in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City on Friday upheld harsh prison terms handed down last year to four activists convicted of planning protests on Vietnam’s National Day on Sept. 2, 2018.
Arrested in September 2018, the four were part of a group of eight named by police as members of the Hien Phap (Constitution) Group, a network of activists formed on June 16, 2017 to call for the rights to freedom of speech and assembly promised under Article 25 of Vietnam’s Constitution.
The UN human rights office (OHCHR), on Friday, voiced concerns over the use of “vaguely defined laws” in Viet Nam, to arbitrarily detain an increasing number of journalists, bloggers, commentators and rights defenders, amidst what appears to be part of an “increasing clampdown” on the freedom of expression in the country.
A court in southern Vietnam’s Dong Nai province on Thursday sentenced a Facebook user to a year in jail for “offending” local officials he said had mismanaged local land disputes, according to reports in Vietnamese state media.
The United States and European Union called on Vietnam on Wednesday to immediately free three jailed Vietnamese journalists, one of them a blogger for RFA, sentenced this week to long jail terms for writing articles online criticizing Vietnam’s one-party communist government.
Vietnam Human Rights Network, Defend the Defenders, and Human Rights Relief Foundation believe that Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy, and Le Huu Minh Tuan have not violated any Vietnamese law, and that their arrests, detentions and convictions are completely unjustified.
A court in Vietnam has sentenced three freelance journalists known for their criticism of government to between 11 and 15 years in prison, after finding them guilty of spreading anti-state propaganda.
Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy and Le Huu Minh Tuan were convicted of “making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the state” at a one-day trial in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday, the Ministry of Public Security said.
Dissident Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Tuong Thuy is seriously ill in detention ahead of his scheduled Jan. 5 trial, Nguyen’s wife said Thursday, citing the harsh conditions in which he is being held in close confinement.
A jailed Vietnamese democracy advocate Wednesday reached the 30th day of a hunger strike aimed at reducing his 16-year sentence for subversion to five years, in line with revisions to the penal code passed after his 2010 conviction, his family told RFA.
Vietnamese authorities arrested the sister of a former prisoner of conscience Tuesday, detaining her on the same charges that got him a two-year jail sentence for social media posts he wrote that criticized the government, members of the family told RFA.
Authorities in Vietnam on Monday sentenced three administrators of a Facebook online political discussion group to lengthy prison sentences in yet another example of Hanoi’s disregard for freedom of expression, their defense lawyers told RFA.
Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, today joined with seven House colleagues in urging the U.S. State and Treasury departments to implement Global Magnitsky sanctions against eight members of the Ha Tinh Province police force in Vietnam who tortured journalist Nguyen Van Hoa. The Magnitsky Act provides for U.S. financial and travel restriction sanctions against international human rights abusers.
Authorities in Vietnam arrested a journalist Thursday for social media posts criticizing tollbooths set up under a controversial infrastructure funding program, local media reported.
Truong Chau Huu Danh, a contributor to a popular Facebook page Bao Sach (Clean Newspaper), that discusses Vietnamese social issues, had posted criticism of build-operate-transfer (BOT) highways that Vietnam had adopted in recent years, sparking rare motorist protests over toll collection.