Garment workers strike, demand back pay owed

April 14th, 2014

(VNRN) – Workers struck at least two manufacturers in Vietnam last week, allegedly for failure to pay back wages of more than a month. Nearly 800 workers at garment manufacturer YS Vina […]

Statement by the Vietnam Path Movement on the release of Nguyen Tien Trung and Vi Duc hoi

April 13th, 2014

The Vietnam Path Movement has received news of activists Nguyen Tien Trung and Vi Duc Hoi being released from prison today following an order signed by Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang. We […]

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Two political prisoners released early

April 13th, 2014

(VNRN) – Political prisoners Vi Duc Hoi (Vi Đức Hồi) and Nguyen Tien Trung (Nguyễn Tiến Trung) were freed Apr 12 before completing their full sentences. Both of whom have been the subject of […]

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FULL TEXT: Vietnamese civil society’s testimony before Canadian Senate committee

April 12th, 2014

(VNRN) – Representatives of Vietnam’s independent civil society testified before the Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Senate on April 7. The panel heard testimony from Hoi Trinh, the executive director of […]

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Environmental activist, VPM member, chased by police out of home

April 10th, 2014

(VNRN) – An engineer who called attention to the deaths caused by hydroelectric dam flooding is being continually harassed by police and prevented from finding a permanent place to stay for himself […]

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Cu Huy Ha Vu freed, arrives in U.S.

April 08th, 2014

A prominent political prisoner who has been the subject of numerous demands for release by the international community was freed April 7 and has arrived in the U.S. for medical treatment. Cu […]

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Vietnam votes against UN Resolution protecting peaceful protests

April 08th, 2014

Vietnam was one of only 9 countries on the UN Human Rights Council to vote against a Resolution calling for the protection of peaceful protests. Resolution HRC 25/L.20, officially entitled “The promotion […]

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Vietnam’s independent civil society to testify before Canadian Senate committee

April 07th, 2014

Representatives of Vietnam’s independent civil society are set to appear before the Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Senate April 7, testifying to the deterioration of rights in Vietnam. Appearing before the […]

Dang Van Ngoan, right, in traditional Hoa Hao attire, addresses international delegates at Vietnam's UPR in Geneva.

Hoa Hao Buddhism activist, UPR delegate, summoned by police

April 07th, 2014

(VNRN) – A Hoa Hao Buddhism activist who attended the United Nations’ review of Vietnam’s human rights and spoke on the lack of religious freedom has been summoned by police in An […]

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Death of activist Dinh Dang Dinh should be ‘wake-up call’ for Vietnam: Amnesty International

April 05th, 2014

(AI) – Amnesty International has paid tribute to Dinh Dang Dinh, the Vietnamese environmental activist, blogger and former prisoner of conscience, who has died aged 50. The activist was unjustly jailed in […]

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Two police who beat suspect to death get suspended sentences

April 04th, 2014

(VNRN) – Despite widespread denouncement, a court in coastal Phu Yen province on April 3 still gave suspended sentences to two police officers convicted of beating a suspect to death. The court […]

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Just-released political prisoner Dinh Dang Dinh dies

April 03rd, 2014

(VNRN) – Two weeks after being given amnesty, former prisoner of conscience Dinh Dang Dinh (Đinh Đăng Định), 50, died of stomach cancer on April 3 at his home in Dak Nong […]

Police beat suspect to death, prosecutor wants suspended sentence

April 01st, 2014

  (VNRN) – The prosecution last week proposed giving a suspended sentence to four police in Phu Yen accused of beating a suspect to death, generating huge outrage in media and in […]

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INTERVIEW: I exercise my right to denounce wrong-doings: Rev Dinh Huu Thoai

March 31st, 2014

by Quốc Việt The Rev. Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai [Đinh Hữu Thoại], 41, Province Secretary of the Redemptorists in Vietnam, is among the most outspoken people fighting for justice and the right […]

Woman found hung at police station

March 30th, 2014

  (VNRN) – A woman, accused of fraud, died while undergoing interrogation by the police at the station in Binh Phuoc province on March 18. The police reported finding Bui Thi Huong, 41, […]

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Bloggers hold ‘Human Rights Coffee’ talk on freedom of movement

March 29th, 2014

  (VNRN) – In another step in the development of an independent civil society in Vietnam, the Network of Vietnamese Bloggers on March 20 held a public roundtable discussion in Hanoi on […]

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Vietnam’s longest-serving political prisoner freed after 37 years (VIDEO)

March 28th, 2014

(VNRN) – A man known as ‘Prisoner of the Century’ was released March 22 under an unexpected amnesty signed by the President of Vietnam. Nguyen Huu Cau [Nguyễn Hữu Cầu], 69, was […]

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Vietnam continues to suppress religion: U.S. Congressional testimony

March 28th, 2014

(VNRN) – Religious leaders and activists, testifying before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress on March 26, told of numerous attempts by the Vietnamese government to persecute the […]

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Con Dau land grab case needs to stop, say UN human rights experts

March 27th, 2014

  (VNRN) – A group of UN human rights experts, including several Special Rapporteurs, on March 26 called on the Vietnamese government to intervene urgently to halt the forced eviction of the last […]


Vietnam world’s 7th worst for press freedom: Reporters Without Borders

March 26th, 2014

Press freedom in Vietnam is getting worse with ever increasing restriction on Internet activities, according to the annual review of freedom of information by global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, known by […]


Hanoi protestors demand release of activist

March 25th, 2014

(VNRN) – Dozens of bloggers and Hmong people on March 23 marched in the centre of Hanoi to call for the release of Bui Thi Minh Hang [Bùi Thị Minh Hằng], the […]

Vietnamese court orders two more Hmongs jailed

March 25th, 2014

(RFA) – A provincial court in northern Vietnam on March 20 ordered two Hmongs jailed for defying a government campaign forcing the ethnic minority group to return to older funeral practices now […]

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INTERVIEW: Crushing the people’s aspiration is a crime against humanity: Blogger Huynh Thuc Vy

March 23rd, 2014

Now in her twenties, Huynh Thuc Vy knows all about oppression. Her father Huynh Ngoc Tuan is a dissident who spent 10 years in prison for his writing. Vy herself, for blogging […]

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INTERVIEW: Vietnam has no freedom of speech, no true judiciary: Attorney Le Cong Dinh

March 23rd, 2014

  Before his arrest in 2009 Le Cong Dinh was primarily a prominent business lawyer with a diverse portfolio of domestic and international clients. He also sat on the defense many high-profile […]

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INTERVIEW: Advocates and bloggers will not be afraid, will speak out more: Attorney Nguyen Van Dai

March 23rd, 2014

When attorneys Nguyen Van Dai (Nguyễn Văn Đài, right) and Le Thi Cong Nhan (Lê Thị Công Nhân, 2d row left) were tried and sentenced in 2007 under Article 88 for allegedly […]

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INTERVIEW: Vietnam wants to buy arms? ‘Not when you’re beating up your people’: U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

March 23rd, 2014

by Hao-Nhien Vu A nine-term U.S. Member of Congress and longtime co-chair of the Congressional Vietnam Caucus, Loretta Sanchez has been an outspoken voice for democracy in Vietnam and has had several […]

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INTERVIEW: Vietnam cannot escape its human rights obligations: Australian MP Chris Hayes

March 23rd, 2014

by Hao-Nhien Vu Chris Hayes MP is the Chief Opposition Whip in the Federal Parliament of Australia and an outspoken advocate for human rights in Vietnam. He has frequently stated that human […]

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INTERVIEW: Vietnam ‘has little to show’ for ‘deplorable human rights record’: US Congressman Alan Lowenthal

March 23rd, 2014

  by Hao-Nhien Vu U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, represents most of Little Saigon in California, with the highest concentration of Vietnamese abroad. Still in […]

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Vietnam frees dying political prisoner

March 21st, 2014

(VNRN) – A Vietnamese political prisoner on his last days battling cancer, Dinh Dang Dinh (Đinh Đăng Định), was granted amnesty on March 21, in a move rarely seen in this communist […]

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Vietnam jails second dissident blogger in a month

March 19th, 2014

(RFA) – A Vietnamese court on March 19 sentenced a dissident blogger to 15 months in jail in the second such conviction to be handed down this month as authorities clamp down […]

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Hmongs march to demand release of religious prisoners, trial postponed

March 18th, 2014

(VNRN) – Faced with hundreds of ethnic Hmong people marching on the courthouse in northern Tuyen Quang province demanding the release of four people prosecuted for their religious belief, the trial was […]

HRW calls for all charges to be dropped against blogger

March 18th, 2014

(HRW) – All charges against Vietnamese blogger Pham Viet Dao should be dropped, and he should be released immediately and unconditionally, Human Rights Watch said March 18. Pham Viet Dao, 62, was […]

Vietnam has the most political prisoners in Southeast Asia: FIDH

March 13th, 2014

Finding that Vietnam “holds the highest number of political prisoners in Southeast Asia,” the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on March 13 called for the country to “immediately and unconditionally release the over […]

Australian MP alerts Parliament to HR situation in Vietnam

March 06th, 2014

(VNRN) – In a speech to the Australian Parliament Mar. 6, a member of Labor Party’s leadership denounced the Vietnamese government’s imprisonment of Le Quoc Quan and attack on Nguyen Bac Truyen, […]

Police beats man, rubs jalapenos pepper on his groin

March 04th, 2014

(VNRN) – A young man, suspected of involvement in a fight, was badly beaten by the police who went as far as rubbing raw jalapenos pepper on his groin, Vietnamese media reported. […]

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Brotherhood For Democracy calls for blogger’s release

March 04th, 2014

(VNRN) – Almost immediately after the trial in which blogger Truong Duy Nhat (Trương Duy Nhất) was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for allegedly “abusing the rights of freedom” in criticizing […]

Blogger sentenced to 2 years for criticizing officials

March 04th, 2014

(VNRN) – A Vietnamese court on Mar. 4 sentenced a prominent blogger to two years in jail for posting online content critical of government and Communist Party officials. Truong Duy Nhat (Trương […]


Human Rights Watch: Vietnam uses ‘relentless prosecutions to squelch dissent’

March 03rd, 2014

(HRW) - The upcoming trial of popular blogger Truong Duy Nhat “demonstrates that there is no slackening of the Vietnamese authorities’ determination to target people for peaceful criticism,” Human Rights Watch said on […]


Activists, Hoa Hao Buddhist charged after police beating

March 01st, 2014

(VNRN) – A prominent land’s right advocate, an activist, and a Hoa Hao Buddhist were charged with resisting the police and causing public disorder after being beaten and detained for no reason […]

Student beaten by police, hospitalized

February 28th, 2014

(VNRN) – A high school student riding his bicycle into what turns out to be a one-way street in Thua Thien-Hue province on Feb. 27 was beaten by police and had to […]

Prominent blogger prosecuted for criticizing the government

February 25th, 2014

(VNRN) – A prominent blogger was charged with “abusing democratic freedoms” for 12 articles criticizing the government, including several blog post where he gave grades to top government and Communist Party officials. […]

UPR delegate detained upon return, passport confiscated

February 24th, 2014

(VNRN) – An activist who spoke in Geneva at the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Vietnam’s human rights records was detained and questioned upon his return to Ho Chi Minh City […]

Second police attack on activist before meeting with diplomats

February 24th, 2014

(VOA) – A high-profile activist and his wife say they were attacked by police Feb. 24 in while on the way to the Australian Embassy to discuss Vietnam’s human rights, including previous police […]

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Vietnamese delegates share thoughts on advocacy trip, UPR

February 22nd, 2014

Delegates from Vietnam have completed a hectic trip that took them to Washington DC, New York, Geneva, and Australia, advocating for human rights to international delegations attending the UN Human Rights Council’s […]

OPINION: Is Vietnam putting on an act?

February 20th, 2014

by Joshma If you follow human rights situation in Vietnam, you might already know that the country was elected last November to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council […]

Activist released after brutal arrest

February 18th, 2014

(VOA) – A well-known Vietnamese human rights activist has been released from detention, just 24 hours after he says he was brutally arrested inside his home. Nguyen Bac Truyen says hundreds of […]

Hoa Hao Buddhist group beaten, arrested

February 13th, 2014

(VNRN) – A group of Hoa Hao Buddhists and their friends, on the way to visit a fellow Hoa Hao friend in Dong Thap province, were ambushed by police, badly beated, and […]

Photos provided by writer Huynh Ngoc Tuan show the rocks plainsclothes police threw into his home, breaking his roof.

Plainsclothes police pelt activist’s home, break roof

February 12th, 2014

(VNRN) – Plainsclothes police pelted an activist’s home in central Quang Nam province on Feb. 11 with large rocks of up to 15 cm-wide (6 in.), breaking the roof. The four rocks […]

Hundreds of police attack activist at home

February 10th, 2014

(VOA) – Hundreds of police and plainsclothes officials raided the home of a Vietnamese human rights lawyer and arrested him in the southern province of Dong Thap on Feb. 9, just days before […]

BLOG: So, what is it about UPR?

February 05th, 2014

  by Hoi Trinh Ok, Hao Nhien, the editor in chief of, just told me to write my next blog on UPR which stands for Universal Periodic Review. A UN mechanism […]

Human Rights Watch: Vietnam needs to ‘honor commitments’ to Human Rights Council

February 01st, 2014

(HRW) – United Nations (UN) member states should press Vietnam to make verifiable commitments to improve its dismal human rights record at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on Feb. 5, […]

BLOG: ‘Giao Thua’ – Tet’s eve

January 31st, 2014

by Hoi Trinh Moscow, Russia. It’s exactly 12pm here in Moscow. And 12am in California where I am heading to, the one place I want to be at this hour of ‘giao […]

Parents of prisoners of conscience testify via video before the U.S. House of Representatives.

Parents of prisoners of conscience testify before U.S. Congress

January 16th, 2014

(VNRN) – At a hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 16, a group of parents of Vietnamese prisoners of conscience speak out […]


VOICE, Vietnam Path Movement and other NGOs provide UN with information for UPR of Vietnam

January 14th, 2014

(Press Release) – Invited by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and other INGOs, a delegation advocating for human rights in Vietnam will visit the United States, […]

Security agents assault monk of banned Buddhist church

January 14th, 2014

(RFA) – Vietnamese plainclothes security agents have assaulted a prominent monk as part of a greater crackdown on the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) following its announcement of a new […]

Buddhist youth leader placed under house arrest

January 02nd, 2014

(RFA) – A youth leader affiliated to the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) said Jan 2 that he has been placed under house arrest after he was detained and interrogated […]

CPJ: Vietnam intensifies crackdown on journalists

December 18th, 2013

(VOA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, says Vietnam is the fifth biggest jailer of journalists in the world, and second in the Asia-Pacific region after China. The group on […]