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Tuan festooned in slogans condemning the land seizures.

Teenager prosecuted for opposing land eviction

The authorities have indicted a fifteen year old boy in connection with a violent conforntation over land evictions at his village near Ho Chi Minh City. The boy, Mai Nguyen Trung Tuan, was charged with resisting persons in the performance…

Allowed more freedom than before but Nguyen Van Dai is still closely watched.

Dissident Voices: Nguyen Van Dai retains his optimism

Human rights defender, Nguyen Van Dai, does not lie awake at night wondering if Big Brother is watching him. He knows he is. The police recently installed two video cameras across the street from his apartment – one trained on…

Son La committee has been inspecting similar monuments. photo Quang Tuyen.

Uncle Ho complex criticised

The poor rural province of Son La in the mountainous northwest of Vietnam needs much from the central government. But should the first priority be to lavish  tens of millions of dollars on political monuments ? Not according to many…

Shared interests - Cameron is greetd by Nguyen Tan Dung

Cameron stresses trade not rights in Hanoi

The British prime minister, David Cameron, is reported to have urged Vietnamese leaders to embrace political change during his two day visit to the country ending on Thursday. But the focus of his talks with the country’s three most senior…

campaigners call for release of prisoners of conscience

Blogger “beaten and arrested” at Nha Trang vigil

The prominent blogger Me Nam, or “Mother Mushroom”, has accused the police of using violence to break up an attempt by activists to campaign for the freedom of political prisoners. She said police attacked her and other activists as they…

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Joyous return for defiant farmer

A woman sentenced to fifteen months in prison in one of Vietnam’s most bitterly contested land disputes has been released to a tumultuous welcome after completing her sentence. Relatives, neighbours and other farmers came out in force to greet Can…

Campaigners helped force city government climbdown

Tree campaigners in “partial victory”

Activists campaigning to save Hanoi’s famous old trees from the government axe are claiming victory – up to a point – following an admission of mistakes by the city government. A statement on July 21 from the Hanoi People’s Committee…

Prisoners receiving their clemency certificates in a 2013 amnesty. Courtesy of Tuoi Tre.

Dissident optimistic on amnesty

Dissidents are hopeful that political detainees will be included in a mass amnesty for prisoners announced by the government for later this year. The Public Security Ministry said up to 17,000 prisoners would be released to mark National Day on…

The diplomat gave much support and encouragement to dissident bloggers and activists

Departing diplomat sees “very positive developments”

Vietnamese human rights and democracy activists have paid an emotional farewell to a Swedish diplomat who has done much to support their cause in recent years. Elenore Kanter, the Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Swedish Embassy, said…

Prime Minister Dung, on the right, greets Vice-Premier, Zhang Gaoli. Photo courtesy VNA/VNS

Chinese leaders woo Hanoi

Vietnam’s complex relationship with China has been back in the spotlight just a week after the Vietnamese Communist Party boss held unprecedented talks with the United States President in the White House. In a visit announced at short notice, the…