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Vietnam Plans Talks With Catholic Officials Over Monastery Dispute
11.07.2017  HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese authorities plan to hold talks with a Catholic monastery and church officials to resolve a land dispute that prompted a violent scuffle last month, a provincial government body said.
Land disputes are common in Communist-ruled Vietnam, where conflicts over property between Catholics and regional authorities have posed one of the key obstacles to a normalization of relations with the Vatican.
On June 28, clergy at the monastery said dozens of what they believed to be plainclothes policemen took down a cross and a statue of Jesus on land the church claims in a dispute. [read more]

Vietnam: Wer ist "Mutter Pilz"? Bloggerin zu zehn Jahren Haft verurteilt
11.07.2017  von Hai Tran & Thach Duong (Forum Vietnam 21) - Eine prominente Bloggerin ist in einem eintägigen Prozess am vergangenen 29. Juni wegen Propaganda gegen den Staat zu zehn Jahren Haft verurteilt worden. Die Staatsanwaltschaft hatte die 37-jährige Bloggerin, bekannt unter ihrem Pseudonym Me Nam (Mutter Pilz), nach Paragraf 88 des vietnamesischen Strafgesetzbuches angeklagt. Beobachter und Menschenrechtsgruppen werten den Prozess gegen Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh auch als eine Warnung des Regimes an andere Blogger und Aktivisten in Vietnam. Unter dem Vorwurf, gegen Artikel 88 oder Artikel 258 des vietnamesischen Strafgesetzbuchs verstoßen zu haben, werden Kritiker zum Schweigen gebracht. [Weiterlesen]

Mother Mushroom: how Vietnam locked up its most famous blogger
09.07.2017 Bennett Murray in Hanoi (The Guardian) - One of Vietnam’s most influential political bloggers, given a courage award by Melania Trump, faces a decade behind bars for her ‘reactionary’ work.
“Each person only has a life, but if I had the chance to choose again I would still choose my way.”
They are the words of one of Vietnam’s most influential bloggers — known by her online pseudonym, Mother Mushroom — minutes before she was handed the shock sentence of a decade in prison. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh directed her defiant comments at her 61-year-old mother, who was watching a live feed in a room next door as she was not allow into the courtroom. [read more]

Vietnam police detain blogger for anti-state propaganda, mother says
07.07.2017 (Reuters) - HANOI - Vietnamese police have arrested a blogger for posting anti-state material on the internet, his mother said on Friday, as part of a crackdown on critics of the country's Communist rulers.
Tran Hoang Phuc, 23, was arrested in Hanoi for storing material and using the internet to spread propaganda videos against the government, Phuc's mother told Reuters, citing a police arrest notification.
The mother, who identified herself only a Ut, said she had been told Phuc was arrested last week.
Several dissidents and bloggers have in recent days shown support for Phuc in posts on their Facebook pages. [read more]

G20 Summit: 40 NGO call for release of 3 Vietnamese human rights defenders
06.07.2017 (VETO!) - On the occasion of the G20 Summit in Hamburg (Germany) 40 human rights and civil society organizations in Europe, USA and Asia call the Vietnamese Prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to immediately and unconditionally release three prominent human rights defenders from three different religious communities and all other prisoners of conscience detained in Vietnam. The Most Venerable Thích Quảng Độ, Mr. Nguyễn Văn Đài and Ms. Đỗ Thị Hồng have been arbitrarily detained, without the due process protections afforded to them under international law, the open letter states.
The signatories expressed their extreme concern:
“that these persons have been deprived of liberty under vaguely-worded “national security” clauses in  Vietnam’s Penal Code that are clearly inconsistent with international human rights treaties ratified by Vietnam. This includes Articles 79, 88 and 258 of the Penal Code. [read more]

Vietnam singer Mai Khoi adds a youthful tone to aged politics
06.07.2017 Rodion Ebbighausen (DW) - The Vietnamese singer and activist Mai Khoi is an outspoken advocate for human rights and freedom of expression in Vietnam. After her performance at the Global Media Forum she spoke with DW about her political activism.
Vietnam is a young and dynamic country. Out of Vietnam's total population of around 90 million, 40 percent are 24 years old or younger. The economy is growing quickly and in the metropolises of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, skyscrapers are shooting up out of the ground.
But politics in Vietnam isn't as young and dynamic. The Vietnamese Communist Party (CPV) has been in power longer than any other communist party in the world. The CPV does not tolerate any political forces alongside it. Elder party members have warned for a long time that a "peaceful evolution" to a more pluralistic system could undercut the CPV's monopoly on power. [read more]

Conviction of Vietnamese Blogger
06.07.2017 (VOA) - A Vietnamese court recently sentenced blogger and human rights activist Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh to 10 years in prison."We are deeply concerned," said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, "about the conviction of. . .peaceful blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh."Also known as “Mother Mushroom,” she was the recent recipient of a 2017 International Woman of Courage Award at the State Department.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was arrested in October 2016 and charged with “conducting propaganda against the state” under article 88 of the penal code, which has been used to punish activists and critics of the government, according to Human Rights Watch. [read more]

Vietnam Detains Young Activist Over Critical Facebook Comments
05.07.2017 (RFA) - Vietnam has arrested a young activist for posting material critical of the government on social media, his mother told RFA's Vietnamese on Wednesday.
Ho Chi Minh City native Tran Hoang Phuc, 23, was detained on July 3 on the accusation of "possessing materials, producing and posting videos on internet critical of the government" under article 88 of Vietnam's penal code, she said.
"I went to talk with Hanoi police on July 3 and was told that Phuc has been detained," Huynh Thi Ut, Phuc’s mother, told RFA. The detention order issued by Hanoi police on July 3 says that Phuc is in the custody of Hanoi police. [read more]

“Why did the fish die?”: The questions and Facebook posts that led Vietnam to imprison a mom blogger
05.07.2017 Visen Liu (Quartz) - With a blue fish painted on her cheek, a smiling Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh stares out from her Facebook page, where she writes in Vietnamese under the name Mẹ Nấm, or Mother [of] Mushroom. Nguyen, a single mom and tour guide, began blogging over a decade ago adopting her daughter’s nickname as part of her writing name; in recent years she’s sometimes added on “Bear,” a nickname for her younger child.
Last week, Vietnam convicted and sentenced her to prison for a decade on charges of “conducting propaganda against the state.” The main evidence against her? A body of writing, some 400 Facebook posts about fish deaths, China’s intervention in the South China Sea, and police brutality in Vietnam. Her Facebook posts were described by the police as “a pessimistic, one-sided view that caused public confusion and affected the people’s faith [in the State].” [read more]

Vietnam hat einen Regimekritiker ausgebürgert und nach Frankreich abgeschoben
02.07.2017 von Hai Tran (Forum Vietnam 21) - Der Blogger und Regimekritiker Pham Minh Hoang wurde am 24.06.2017, von Ho-Chi-Minh-Stadt, ehemals Saigon, nach Frankreich abgeschoben. Zuvor, am 17.05., wurde ihm die vietnamesische Staatsbürgerschaft durch den Staatspräsidenten Tran Dai Quang aberkannt, mit der Begründung: „Verstoß gegen die Gesetze Vietnams“, gemeint ist hier vor allem: wegen seine regierungskritischen Beiträge im Internet. Dies ist das erste Mal in Vietnam, dass einem Bürger seine Staatsbürgerschaft aberkannt wird.
Die vietnamesischen Sicherheitskräfte kamen am Abend des 23. 06. unangekündigt zu seinem Haus im 10. Bezirk von Ho-Chi-Minh- Stadt. Mit dem Vorwand, die regelmäßige Einwohnermeldekontrolle durchführen zu wollen, forderten sie die Bewohner auf, die Tür aufzumachen. [Weiterlesen]

Facebook: bloguera condenada a diez años de cárcel por criticar al gobierno de Vietnam
02.07.2017 (El Popular) - Usar su cuenta en Facebook para criticar la política gubarnamental de Vietnam le costó caro a una ciudadana de ese país, quien fue condenada a diez años de prisión. La sanción generó la inmediata reacción de organismos defensores de Derechos Humanos que piden su liberación.
El diario oficialista 'Tuoi Tre' informó que Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, fue hallada culpable por distribuir propaganda contra el Estado durante un juicio de un día en la provincia central de Khanh Hoa.
La acusada, conocida con el seudónimo 'Me Nam' (Madre Seta), fue detenida en octubre de 2016 acusada de utilizar un perfil en Facebook para denunciar las políticas medioambientales y la injusticia social del país. [seguir leyendo]

UN experts condemn Viet Nam’s jailing of prominent blogger Mother Mushroom
30.06.2017 (OHCHR) - GENEVA – Viet Nam must end what appears to be a pattern of targeting environmental defenders, UN human rights experts* have urged after the jailing of a popular blogger.
Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, an environmental human rights defender known as Mother Mushroom, was taken to court by the Government for spreading anti-State propaganda, after writing blogs critical of the authorities. She was jailed for 10 years on 29 June after a one-day trial, which followed nine months of detention.
“This was little short of a show trial, designed to intimidate other environmental activists,” the experts said. “Her detention was arbitrary. The trial did not meet international standards. She has been denied her fundamental right to due process,” the experts said. [read more]

Vietnam condena a 10 años de cárcel a una bloguera por criticar al Gobierno
30.06.2017 Ismael Arana (El Mundo) - Una popular bloguera vietnamita fue condenada ayer jueves a 10 años de prisión tras ser declarada culpable de criticar al Gobierno y distribuir propaganda contra el Estado, una sentencia que ha provocado las críticas de gobiernos extranjeros y organizaciones internacionales de derechos humanos.La condenada es Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, conocida como "Madre Seta" o "Nam Me" en vietnamita, una popular activista que lleva años escribiendo sobre derechos humanos, la muerte de civiles custodiados por la Policía y desastres naturales provocados por los humanos, como el peligroso vertido de una empresa taiwanesa que el año pasado mató a millones de peces en el país asiático. [seguir leyendo]

Viet Nam: blogger Me Nam sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment
29.06.2017 (PEN) - PEN International condemns the conviction of blogger and government critic Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known by her pen name Me Nam (‘Mother Mushroom’), on 29 June 2017. Me Nam, who has been detained since her arrest in October 2016, was convicted of “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam” under Article 88 of the Penal Code and sentenced to 10 years in prison. PEN International believes that Me Nam is being targeted for peacefully exercising her right to freedom of expression. PEN International calls on the Vietnamese authorities to quash Me Nam’s conviction and release her immediately and unconditionally, in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Viet Nam is a state party. [read more]

Vietnam sentences prominent blogger to 10 years in prison
29.06.2017 (AP) - HANOI, Vietnam -- A prominent Vietnamese blogger was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of distorting government policies and defaming the Communist regime in Facebook posts and in interviews with foreign media, her lawyer said.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as "Mother Mushroom," was sentenced at the end of a one-day trial in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, lawyer Vo An Don said.
Quynh, 37, co-founded a network of bloggers and is very popular in Vietnam. She has written about human rights, civilian deaths in police custody and the release of toxic chemicals by a Taiwanese-owned factory that killed thousands of fish in one of Vietnam's worst environmental disasters. [read more]

Prominente vietnamesische Bloggerin verurteilt
29.06.2017 (DW) - Eine der bekanntesten vietnamesischen Bloggerinnen, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, besser bekannt unter ihrem Pseudonym Me Nam ("Mutter Pilz"), ist wegen Propaganda gegen den Staat zu zehn Jahren Haft verurteilt worden.
Die Staatsanwaltschaft hatte die 37-jährige Bloggerin nach Paragraph 88 des vietnamesischen Strafgesetzbuches angeklagt. Mit einer Verurteilung zu zehn Jahren Gefängnis hat das Gericht fast das Höchstmaß verhängt.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh veröffentlicht ihre Beiträge sowohl auf Facebook als auch auf Internetplattformen, die im Ausland betrieben werden, und machte auf soziale Ungerechtigkeiten und Umweltskandale aufmerksam. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnam: 10 ans de prison pour une blogueuse dissidente
29.06.2017 (L'Orient-Le Jour) - Une dissidente et blogueuse vietnamienne, connue sous le nom de Me Nam ou "Mère champignon", a été condamnée jeudi à dix années de prison pour propagande antiétatique malgré une campagne internationale appelant à sa libération.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37 ans, qui s'était souvent exprimée sur son blog sur les scandales environnementaux récents et les droits de l'homme dans son pays, avait été arrêtée en octobre 2016.
Les journalistes de l'AFP n'ont pas été autorisés à assister au procès dans la province de Khanh Hoa, mais d'après les images qui circulaient sur les réseaux sociaux de nombreux policiers avaient été placés autour du tribunal. [en savoir plus]

Vietnam: Zehn Jahre Gefängnis für Bloggerin
29.06.2017 (ORF) - Eine prominente Bloggerin ist in Vietnam wegen staatsfeindlicher Propaganda am Donnerstag zu zehn Jahren Haft verurteilt worden.
Die 38-jährige Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, hatte die Regierung für ihren Umgang mit einer Umweltkatastrophe des Stahlkonzerns Formosa Ha Tinh Steel kritisiert, dabei waren im Frühjahr 2016 an der Nordküste des Landes giftige Abwässer ins Meer gelangt und hatten ein massenhaftes Fischsterben verursacht. Die als "Mother Mushroom" bekannte Bloggerin war im Oktober verhaftet worden. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnam: une blogueuse dissidente condamnée à dix ans de prison
29.06.2017 (RFI) - Une dissidente et blogueuse vietnamienne, connue sous le nom de Me Nam ou «Mère champignon», a été condamnée jeudi 29 juin à dix années de prison pour propagande antiétatique, malgré une campagne internationale appelant à sa libération.
Arrêtée en octobre 2016, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37 ans, s’exprimait sur son blog sur les scandales environnementaux récents et les droits de l'homme dans son pays. Après une journée de procès à huis clos dans le centre du pays communiste, le tribunal a estimé qu'elle avait nui à l'unité nationale, érodé la confiance populaire dans le gouvernement et sapé la sécurité nationale
Avant le verdict, Quynh qui est restée calme tout au long du procès, a envoyé un message à ses deux enfants et à sa mère. « Elle s'est excusée auprès de sa mère et des deux enfants pour les conséquences que cela a eues sur eux, mais leur a dit qu'ils devaient être très fiers d'elle », a déclaré son avocat. [en savoir plus]

'Mother Mushroom': Top Vietnamese blogger jailed for 10 years
29.06.2017 (BBC) - One of Vietnam's top bloggers has been jailed for 10 years for distributing propaganda against the state.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who is known as Mother Mushroom, was found guilty after a one-day trial in the central province of Khanh Hoa.
Her lawyer told the BBC she had 15 days to appeal.
In 2015, she received an award from the Sweden-based Civil Rights Defenders and earlier this year she was awarded the International Women of Courage Award by the US State Department. [read more]

Vietnam jails prominent activist for propaganda against state
29.06.2017 (Reuters) - A Vietnamese court jailed a prominent blogger for 10 years on Thursday for publishing propaganda against the state, her lawyer said, the latest crackdown on critics of the Communist Party.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, known as "Me Nam" (Mother Mushroom), was found guilty at a full-day trial by a court in central province of Khanh Hoa, six months after she was arrested for posting anti-state reports, including one about civilians dying in police custody.
Despite sweeping reforms in Vietnam's economy and increasing openness towards social change, including gay, lesbian and transgender rights, the Communist Party retains tight media censorship and zero tolerance for criticism. [read more]

Vietnam puts prominent blogger on trial for anti-state acts
29.06.2017 (AP) - HANOI, Vietnam -- A lawyer says a prominent Vietnamese blogger is being tried for her Facebook posts that prosecutors say distorted government policies and defamed the regime.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who is known as Mother Mushroom, was accused of conducting propaganda against the Communist government, an offense that carries up to 12 years in prison.
Lawyer Le Van Luan said prosecutors proposed a sentence of eight to 10 years in prison for Quynh, who maintained her innocence in the Thursday morning proceedings.
Security around the courthouse in south central Khanh Hoa province was tight. [read more]

Vietnam blogger 'Mother Mushroom' on trial
29.06.2017 (dailymail) - A prominent Vietnamese blogger known as 'Mother Mushroom' went on trial Thursday for anti-state propaganda, a court clerk said, as rights groups decried the charges as "outrageous" and demanded her immediate release.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, whose penname derives from her daughter's nickname "mushroom", was arrested in October 2016 for critical Facebook posts about politics and the environment. [read more]

In Vietnam beginnt Prozess gegen prominente Bloggerin
29.06.2017 (Salzburger Nachrichten) - In Vietnam muss sich eine preisgekrönte Aktivistin und Bloggerin wegen angeblich staatsfeindlicher Kommentare vor Gericht verantworten. Der Prozess gegen Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh beginne am Donnerstag, teilte die Mutter der Angeklagten am Mittwoch mit.
Die Behörden werfen der Frau vor, mit ihren kritischen Einträgen bei Facebook und in einem Blog die Wahrheit verzerrt und die Öffentlichkeit zum Widerstand gegen die kommunistische Regierung angestiftet zu haben. [Weiterlesen]

Who is Mother Mushroom? Blogger accused of propaganda against Vietnam goes on trial
29.06.2017 By Divya Kishore (IBT) - Prominent Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who is accused of spreading propaganda against the state through her Facebook and blog posts, has gone on trial.
Government authorities have alleged that the 38-year-old blogger, who writes under the pen name Me Nam or Mother Mushroom, had published anti-state comments. They have also alleged that Nguyen had tarnished the image of country's leaders through her posts.
The trial of Mother Mushroom came after she was detained in October 2016 when she visited a fellow activist in prison. Police arrested her by pressing charges in accordance with article 88 of the country's penal code. [read more]

Vietnam: Free Blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ !
28.06.2017 (HRW) - New York – Vietnam should immediately free Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (also known as “Mother Mushroom”) and drop all charges against her, Human Rights Watch said today. Police arrested her in October 2016, and pressed a charge of “conducting propaganda against the state” in accordance with article 88 of the penal code. The People’s Court of Khanh Hoa province plans to hear her case on June 29, 2017.
“It’s outrageous to put Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh on trial simply for using her right to free expression to call for government reform and accountability,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.  [read more]

Pham Minh Hoang: au Vietnam, «nous vivons dans une dictature» [Exclu RFI]
28.06.2017 Par Juliette Gheerbrant (RFI) - Le dissident franco-vietnamien Pham Minh Hoang est arrivé à Paris dimanche 25 juin après avoir été privé de sa nationalité vietnamienne et expulsé du pays par le régime à parti unique. Une mesure qualifiée de violation patente des droits de l'homme par Human Rights Watch. Le Vietnam est un pays où les opposants sont fréquemment emprisonnés, mais le blogueur et ancien professeur de mathématiques de 62 ans est le premier à se voir retirer sa nationalité. Pham Minh Hoang n'a pas eu le temps de saluer sa famille quand la police a fait irruption chez lui samedi soir pour le conduire à l'aéroport. RFI a recueilli son témoignage. [en savoir plus]

Nations lose every time rights are denied
27.06.2017 By The Nation (The Nation, Bangkok) - In their intolerance of valid criticism, Vietnam and Laos are only hurting themselves.
The governments of Laos and Vietnam have only hampered their countries’ progress by, in the first case, slapping three activists with harsh prison sentences and, in the second, stripping a mathematician of his citizenship. In both cases, talented people who could have benefited their homelands have been cast aside. Their nations’ futures have been denied their respective gifts because they criticised the ruling regimes – both of which claim to be socialist in nature. They should instead be upholding socialism’s methodology of encouraging critiques to strengthen government and society.
Vietnam ratified the same UN convention in September 1982, and yet has an appalling record on rights. In the latest case, sparking international outrage, blogger Pham Minh Hoang was stripped of his citizenship and deported to France, where he’d lived a long time. Hanoi saw the former mathematician as an enemy because of his calls for democracy, but he surely represented no threat to the government.
In Vietnam, as in Laos (and, yes, Thailand), freedom of expression ought to be a fundamental right, and if given even guarded leeway can bring much benefit to society. Smart leaders know that a country cannot be built except on a foundation of respect for the people. [read more]

Vietnam expels dissident blogger to France
26.06.2017 (RSF) - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply shocked to learn that Pham Minh Hoang, a blogger and champion of the fight for free speech in Vietnam, was expelled from the country of his birth on Saturday night.
In an unprecedented move designed to silence a leading dissident, the Vietnamese authorities put Hoang, 62, on a flight to France, where he acquired French citizenship while studying and working there for 28 years before returning to Vietnam in 2000. [read more]

L’expulsion indigne du blogueur dissident Pham Minh Hoang vers la France
26.06.2017 (RSF) - Figure emblématique de la lutte pour la liberté d’expression au Vietnam, Pham Minh Hoang a été expulsé du Vietnam, son pays natal, vers la France dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche. L’organisation Reporters sans frontières (RSF) est profondément choquée par cette mesure sans précédent qui a pour but de faire taire une voix dissidente.
Après l’avoir déchu de sa nationalité vietnamienne le 17 mai dernier puis arrêté à son domicile vendredi, le gouvernement vietnamien a contraint le blogueur-dissident Pham Minh Hoang, à monter dans un avion pour Paris. [en savoir plus]

Deported Vietnamese-French blogger arrives in Paris
25.06.2017 (RFI) - A Vietnamese dissident blogger with dual French citizenship arrived in Paris on Sunday after he was stripped of his birth nationality by authorities in the one-party state and deported.
Former math lecturer Pham Minh Hoang was put on a plane to Paris late Saturday, weeks after his Vietnamese citizenship was revoked -- a rare move that has sparked outrage among critics of the communist government who accuse it of quashing dissent by any means available.
Hoang said police surrounded his house on Friday night and took him away with no prior warning. He met French consular officials and a lawyer before his deportation but was unable to say goodbye to his wife Le Thi Kieu Oanh. "I feel totally defeated... when my husband left, I couldn't say any farewell words, I also feel very angry," Oanh told AFP. [read more]

Le blogueur franco-vietnamien Pham Minh Hoang expulsé en France
25.06.2017 (France24) - Un blogueur franco-vietnamien accusé de porter atteinte à l'image du régime à parti unique a été déchu de sa nationalité vietnamienne et expulsé samedi en France, une première dans l'histoire récente.
Le blogueur dissident franco-vietnamien Pham Minh Hoang est arrivé à Paris dimanche 25 juin après avoir été privé de sa nationalité vietnamienne et expulsé samedi par le régime à parti unique. Le Vietnam est un pays où les opposants sont fréquemment emprisonnés, mais cet ancien professeur de mathématiques de 62 ans est le premier dissident de l'histoire récente à se voir retirer sa nationalité.
Il a raconté avoir été emmené par la police vendredi. Il a pu rencontrer des membres du consulat de France et un avocat mais n'a pu dire au revoir à sa femme, Le Thi Kieu Oanh. "Je suis totalement accablée. Quand mon mari est parti, je n'ai pas pu lui dire au revoir, je suis aussi très en colère", a déclaré celle-ci à l'AFP. [en savoir plus]

Vietnam blogger Pham Minh Hoang deported to France
25.06.2017 (BBC) - A French-Vietnamese dissident blogger has been deported to France after losing his nationality of birth. Pham Minh Hoang served a jail sentence after being convicted in 2011 over articles that "blackened the image of the country". Hoang, 62, was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday after losing his appeal against deportation.
It is rare for dual-nationals to lose the nationality of their country of origin. US-based Human Rights Watch called the move "unprecedented and shocking".
After arriving in Paris on Sunday, Hoang described how Vietnamese police had surrounded his house and taken him away with no prior warning. He was allowed to meet French consular officials but could not say goodbye to his wife, Le Thi Kieu Oanh. [read more]

Un dissident franco-vietnamien expulsé en France
25.06.2017 (Romandie) - Paris - Un blogueur dissident franco-vietnamien est arrivé à Paris dimanche après avoir été privé de sa nationalité vietnamienne et expulsé par le régime à parti unique.
Le Vietnam est un pays où les opposants sont fréquemment emprisonnés, mais Pham Minh Hoang, 62 ans, est le premier dissident de l'histoire récente à se voir retirer sa nationalité vietnamienne.
Au Vietnam, blogueurs, avocats et militants accusés d'activités antigouvernementales séjournent régulièrement derrière les barreaux. Les médias sont détenus par l'Etat mais depuis quelques années, les dissidents se servent des réseaux sociaux pour faire entendre leur voix. [en savoir plus]

La Policía de Vietnam detiene a un activista crítico con el régimen y anuncia su deportación
23.06.2017 (Europa Press) - HANOI (Reuters/EP) - La Policía de Vietnam ha detenido este viernes y deportará este sábado a Pham Minh Hoang, un conocido activista y profesor con doble ciudadanía --vietnamita y francesa-- hasta que el régimen de Hanoi se la revocó el mes pasado, según declaraciones de su mujer.
La mujer de Hoang, Le Thi Kieu Oanh, ha contado que la Policía entró a la casa de la pareja en Ho Chi Minh este viernes para un registro rutinario. Sin embargo, después forzó a Hoang a salir y comunicó que iba a ser deportado al día siguiente. [seguir leyendo]

Trump administration fails to call out Vietnam on its dismal human rights record
22.06.2017 (Washington Post) - PRESIDENT TRUMP met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last month to discuss trade and security issues. In their public statements about the visit, one topic got short shrift: human rights.
This was a glaring lapse. Vietnam has a long history of stifling dissent and cracking down on political activists. The State Department’s Vietnam 2016 Human Rights Report called the country an “authoritarian state.” Freedom House gives it the lowest possible rating on political rights and classifies it as “not free.”
The joint statement released by the White House after the visit lauded Vietnam for its “ongoing efforts to refine its legal system to better protect and promote human rights for everyone.” That is laughable; Vietnam has done just the opposite.  [read more]

What’s Behind Vietnam’s Rising Violence?
22.06.2017 By David Hutt (The Diplomat) - The rise of physical violence committed against activists is a troubling trend.
A recent report by Human Rights Watch, “No Country for Human Rights Activists: Assaults on Bloggers and Democracy Campaigners in Vietnam”, documents the rise of physical violence committed against activists, mainly by plain-clothed “thugs,” some of whom may be police or soldiers, and most of whom target their victims in very public place.
The use of paid (one assumes) bullies to attack activists, however, is different from the use of security agents to spy on or arrest dissidents. When an activist is threatened by the police or military, at least he recognizes his attacker.
The use of plain-clothed attackers is different. It’s dishonest. It’s cowardly. The removal of a police or military uniform (if that is the case) before an attack is an effort to distance the boss from the violence. Not only that, it is an attempt to say: the regime isn’t against activists, fellow citizens are. [read more]

Viet Nam: charges against blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh must be dropped
22.06.2017 (PEN) - PEN International calls on the Vietnamese authorities to drop all charges against blogger and government critic Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known by her pen name Me Nam (‘Mother Mushroom’), ahead of her trial, which is expected to take place on 29 June 2017. Me Nam has been held in incommunicado detention since her arrest in October 2016, on charges of “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam” under Article 88 of the Penal Code. [read more]

Vietnam: New Law Threatens Right to a Defense
21.06.2017 (HRW) - (New York) – Revised Penal Code Requires Lawyers Report on Clients, Penalizes Free Speech - Vietnam should immediately repeal a provision in its revised penal code that would hold lawyers criminally responsible for not reporting clients to the authorities for a number of crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. The revised code also contains a number of changes heightening criminal penalties against criticism of the government or Vietnam’s one-party state.
“Requiring lawyers to violate lawyer-client confidentiality will mean that lawyers become agents of the state and clients won’t have any reason to trust their lawyers,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Vietnam considers any criticism or opposition to the government or Communist Party to be a ‘national security’ matter – this will undermine any possibility of real legal defense in such cases.” [read more]

"Politik ist nicht kompliziert"
21.06.2017 Rodion Ebbighausen (DW) - Die vietnamesische Sängerin und Aktivistin Mai Khoi engagiert sich für Menschenrechte und Meinungsfreiheit. Sie trat auf dem Global Media Forum der DW auf. Hier spricht sie über ihr politisches Engagement.
Vietnam ist ein junges und dynamisches Land. 40 Prozent der etwa 90 Millionen Vietnamesen sind 24 Jahre alt oder jünger.
Weniger jung und dynamisch ist die Politik des Landes. Die Kommunistische Partei Vietnams (KPV) ist länger an der Macht als jede andere Kommunistische Partei der Welt. Die KPV duldet keine politischen Kräfte neben sich. Ältere Parteikader warnen seit längerem vor einer "friedlichen Evolution" hin zu einem pluralistischeren System, die das Machtmonopol der KPV untergraben könnte.
Die Deutsche Welle lud die Sängerin und Aktivistin ein, um auf dem Global Media Forum 2017 zu sprechen und den Freedom of Speech Award musikalisch zu begleiten. [Weiterlesen]

Report: Vietnamese activists under constant threat of violence
21.06.2017 Abby Seiff, Hanoi (DW) - An alarming new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) details dozens of violent assaults on rights activists and bloggers in Vietnam. State security services are also implicated in contributing to violent repression.
Nguyen Thi Thai Lai looks straight at the camera and composes herself. Beneath her glasses, her eyes fill with tears. A welt covers her right cheek. After a long pause, the environmental activist begins recounting what happened to her.
"Four young guys as stocky as water buffalos blocked my bike, grabbed my neck and threw me to the ground. They hit my face until I was unconscious," she said in a video posted to Facebook live in February and translated by HRW. [read more]

Vietnam verweigerte Besuch bei inhaftiertem Menschenrechtler
19.06.2017 Martin Patzelt ( - Mit ausdrücklicher Unterstützung des Deutschen Bundestages habe ich zusammen mit meinem Bundestagskollegen Philipp Lengsfeld als Vertreter des Ausschusses für Menschenrechte und humanitäre Hilfe im Juni 2017 die Volksrepublik Vietnam besucht. Kernanliegen war die Unterstützung von Menschenrechtsaktivisten, für die wir uns u.a. im Rahmen des Programms „Parlamentarier schützen Parlamentarier“ des Deutschen Bundestags einsetzen und Solidarität üben.
Mein Kollege Lengsfeld unterstützt den Rechtsanwalt Le Quoc Quan, der inzwischen aus der Haft entlassen ist, aber nach wie vor unter dem Druck der Behörden steht. Ich persönlich setze mich für den Blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh ein, der nach wie vor im Gefängnis sitzt. [Weiterlesen]

Gezielte Gewalt gegen Blogger in Vietnam
19.06.2017 (Die Tagespost) - Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Human Rights Watch prangert systematische Gewalt gegen Demokratie-Aktivisten in Vietnam an. Insbesondere Blogger und Menschenrechtler seien das Ziel körperlicher und verbaler Attacken, kritisierte die Organisation in einem am Montag veröffentlichten Bericht. Allein zwischen Januar 2015 und April 2017 hat Human Rights Watch landesweit 36 solcher Fälle dokumentiert, in denen die Betroffenen von Unbekannten in Zivil angegriffen und geschlagen wurden. Oft seien die Opfer dabei schwer verletzt worden. Viele berichteten, sie seien in aller Öffentlichkeit oder vor den Augen uniformierter Polizisten attackiert worden. Letztere hätten nichts getan, um einzuschreiten. [Weiterlesen]

Rights group condemns attacks on Vietnamese activists
19.06.2017 (Daily Mail) - HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - An international human rights group has condemned attacks on Vietnamese bloggers and activists by unknown assailants and urged the government to carry out impartial investigations and bring those responsible to justice.
New York-based Human Rights Watch in a report released Monday highlighted 36 assaults that took place with apparent impunity between January 2015 and April 2017. [read more]

Vietnam dissidents beaten, harassed by 'thugs': rights group
19.06.2017 (france24) - Plainclothes 'thugs' suspected of having links to Vietnam's government have attacked dozens of dissidents since 2015 in a bid to silence critics in the one-party state, Human Rights Watch and activists said.
Freedom of expression is severely restricted in communist Vietnam, where independent media is banned and dissidents are routinely thrown in jail.
The government also has a long history of harassing bloggers and activists, with awareness of violent attacks growing in recent years as dissidents turn to social media to share accounts of bloody wounds and bruised limbs. [read more]

Vietnam: End Attacks on Activists and Bloggers
19.06.2017 (HRW) - (New York) – Vietnamese bloggers and rights activists are being beaten, threatened, and intimidated with impunity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Vietnamese government should order an end to all attacks and hold those responsible accountable. Donor governments should tell the Vietnamese authorities to end the crackdown, and that repressing internet freedom, peaceful speech, and activism will carry consequences.
The 65-page report, “No Country for Human Rights Activists: Assaults on Bloggers and Democracy Campaigners in Vietnam,” highlights 36 incidents in which unknown men in civilian clothes beat rights campaigners and bloggers between January 2015 and April 2017, often resulting in serious injuries. Many victims reported that beatings occurred in the presence of uniformed police who did nothing to intervene. [read more]

Vietnam : Mettre un terme aux attaques contre les activistes et les blogueurs
Des défenseurs des droits humains sont régulièrement agressés à travers le pays
19.06.2017 (HRW) - (New York) – Des blogueurs et des activistes vietnamiens subissent passages à tabac, menaces et intimidations en toute impunité, a déclaré Human Rights Watch dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui. Le gouvernement vietnamien devrait faire cesser toutes les agressions et veiller à ce que les responsables en répondent devant la justice. Quant aux gouvernements qui octroient des dons au pays, ils devraient intimer aux autorités vietnamiennes de mettre fin à cette vague de répressions en leur rappelant que réprimer la liberté d’aller sur Internet, de s’exprimer de façon pacifique et de militer pourra avoir des retombées négatives.
Le rapport de 65 pages, intitulé « No Country for Human Rights Activists: Assaults on Bloggers and Democracy Campaigners in Vietnam » (« Ce n’est pas un pays pour les militants des droits humains : Attaques contre des blogueurs et défenseurs de la démocratie au Vietnam »),  met en lumière 36 incidents lors desquels des hommes inconnus en civil ont tabassé des  [en savoir plus]

Vietnam: Angriffe auf Aktivisten und Blogger beenden
Landesweit systematische, aggressive Übergriffe auf Rechtsaktivisten
19.06.2017 (HRW) - (New York) – Vietnamesische Blogger und Rechtsaktivisten werden in einem Klima der Straflosigkeit verprügelt, bedroht und eingeschüchtert, so Human Rights Watch in einem heute veröffentlichten Bericht. Die vietnamesische Regierung soll sämtlichen Angriffen ein Ende setzen und die Verantwortlichen zur Rechenschaft ziehen. Geberländer sollen die vietnamesischen Behörden auffordern, die gewaltsame Unterdrückung zu beenden, und deutlich machen, dass Angriffe gegen die Internetfreiheit, friedliche Rede und gewaltloses Engagement Konsequenzen haben.
Der 65-seitige Bericht „No Country for Human Rights Activists: Assaults on Bloggers and Democracy Campaigners in Vietnam“ untersucht 36 Vorfälle im Zeitraum Januar 2015 bis April 2017, bei denen unbekannte Männer in Zivil Rechtsaktivisten und Blogger verprügelten und die Betroffenen oft schwer verletzten. Viele Opfer berichteten, dass sich die Angriffe in Anwesenheit uniformierter Polizisten ereigneten, die nicht eingriffen. [Weiterlesen]

On The Run, Vietnam's 'Most Wanted' Green Blogger Tells VOA He's Safe
16.06.2017 (VOA) - WASHINGTON — Vietnam’s most wanted human rights and environmental activist, Bach Hong Quyen, is safe and considering taking up residence outside his homeland, he told VOA's Vietnamese service after weeks on the run from authorities who issued a warrant for him in May.
“I feel quite safe,” Quyen said earlier this week, speaking to VOA from an undisclosed location. “I don’t think the Vietnamese police can find me." [read more]

Property disputes are Vietnam’s biggest political problem
15.06.2017 (The Economist) - FOR years residents of Dong Tam, a village on the edge of Vietnam’s capital, have fought for the right to continue tending farms on land earmarked for military development. Their patience evaporated in April, when authorities arrested a group of elders whom they had chosen to press their case with the government. The villagers overpowered dozens of policemen who had been sent to secure the settlement, holding them captive in a municipal hall (pictured above). Supporters blocked nearby lanes with rubble, and at least one hothead threatened to set the hall on fire.
It is especially problematic in Vietnam, a one-party state where the government grants usage-rights but insists all land belongs to the state. Compensation for forcible acquisitions is far below market rates.
Too often authorities have resorted to roughing up hold-outs in land disputes, even when resistance is peaceful. In September a court in the capital handed a 20-month jail sentence to Can Thi Theu, a well-known land-rights campaigner who has been banged up once before. [read more]

Vietnam Extends Detention of Blogger 'Mother Mushroom'
15.06.2017 (RFA) - Vietnamese authorities have extended the detention of activist and blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, often known as blogger Mother Mushroom, and kept her incommunicado, her mother told RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Thursday.
Quynh, who was honored this year with the U.S. State Department’s International Woman of Courage Award for her work highlighting rights abuses and promoting peaceful dissent in the one-party communist state, has been held incommunicado since her arrest by Vietnamese authorities last October.
Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan, Quynh’s mother, said that since her daughter was arrested she has been followed constantly and blocked while walking by authorities as well as men in plainclothes.
Authorities have said Quynh is being detained on charges of "propaganda against the state" under article 88 of the Vietnam Penal Code. [read more]

Vietnam defends decision to revoke dissident's citizenship
15.06.2017 (Reuters) - Vietnam on Thursday defended its decision to revoke the citizenship of French-Vietnamese dissident Pham Minh Hoang, a former political prisoner who is accused of breaking the law and threatening state security.
The 62-year-old mathematics lecturer was told of the decision last week, drawing criticism from human rights groups. The government has not said exactly what he is accused of.
"The removal of citizenship was conducted in accordance with the provisions of Vietnamese law," said foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang. [read more]

Vietnam defiende la decisión de eliminar la ciudadanía a un disidente
15.06.2017 (Europa Press) - Vietnam ha defendido este jueves su decisión de anular la ciudadanía del disidente franco-vietnamita Pham Minh Hoang, un ex preso político acusado de infringir la ley y amenazar la seguridad del Estado.
El académico de matemáticas de 62 años, fue informado de la decisión la semana pasada lo que ha generado críticas de los grupos de Derecho Humanos. El Gobierno aún no ha dicho de qué se le acusa exactamente.
"La eliminación de la ciudadanía se llevó a cabo en concordancia con las disposiciones de la ley vietnamita", ha explicado la portavoz del ministro de Exteriores, Le Thi Thu Hang [seguir leyendo]

Vietnamese Police Pursue Criminal Probe of Dong Tam Villagers in Land Standoff
13.06.2017 (RFA) - Vietnamese police on Tuesday began a criminal investigation of farmers in Dong Tam village, despite a promise by Hanoi’s mayor not to prosecute them as a result of hostage-release negotiations during an April standoff between villagers and the local government, sources with knowledge of the situation said on Tuesday.
The investigation is focusing on the illegal detention of 38 police officers and officials and acts of vandalism allegedly committed by farmers after a clash over the government’s seizure of land in Dong Tam village in Hanoi's My Duc district, according to a local media report.
A Dong Tam resident who spoke to RFA’s Vietnamese Service on condition of anonymity said residents of the village in Hanoi’s My Duc district are on edge about what will happen next. [read more]

Jailed Vietnamese pastor punished after US visit
Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh confined after describing harsh prison treatment to American officials
13.06.2017 (UCANews) - An evangelical pastor imprisoned in southeast Vietnam is being held in a cramped confined space as punishment for telling a visiting U.S. diplomatic delegation about abuses he has suffered.
Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh gave officials from the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City details on May 25 on how officials have treated him at Xuan Loc Prison, Dong Nai Province, said his wife Tran Thi Hong.
"Chinh said on the previous day, prison officials informed him about the meeting and asked him not to tell the visitors anything that would make them look bad," said Hong who visited her husband June 7. [read more]

Vietnam Formally Charges Blogger Activist Honored by US
13.06.2017 An Hai (VOA) - Me Nam, or Mother Mushroom, the Vietnamese blogger who received the International Women of Courage Award from first lady Melania Trump in March has been formally charged by the Hanoi government for the very activities that earned her the honor, VOA Vietnamese reported.
The government charged Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, aka Mother Mushroom, with three criminal counts under Article 88 — "conducting propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam." The vaguely worded law has drawn international denunciation for the power it gives the government to suppress dissent.
Quynh began blogging as Mother Mushroom in 2006. Among her recent campaigns, she blogged about the government's handling of a chemical spill at a Taiwanese-owned steel plant in the central Vietnam city of Ha Tinh. The spill killed 80 tons of fish, embarrassing and worrying the Vietnamese government as images of dead fish stacked on pristine beaches went viral worldwide and fishing communities lost their livelihood. [read more]

Vietnam entzieht Blogger Staatsbürgerschaft
13.06.2017 (heise) - Pham Minh Hoang wurde vor sechs Jahren bereits wegen regierungskritischer Online-Beiträge zu drei Jahren Haft verurteilt. Nun verliert er die vietnamesische Staatsbürgerschaft.
Wegen Propaganda gegen die Regierung hat Vietnam einem prominenten Blogger die Staatsbürgerschaft entzogen. Der Präsident des kommunistischen Ein-Parteien-Staates, Tran Dai Quang, teilte dem ehemaligen Universitätslehrer Pham Minh Hoang die Entscheidung in einem Brief mit, den Hoang auf Facebook dokumentiert. Der 59-Jährige kündigte am Dienstag an, juristisch dagegen vorzugehen. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnam, el verdugo silencioso
13.06.2017 Eric San Juan (El Mundo) - Los números publicados por el régimen comunista de Vietnam lo sitúan como el tercer mayor verdugo del planeta, solo por detrás de China e Irán, unos datos mucho más altos de los que barajaban los observadores internacionales.
Un informe del Ministerio de Seguridad Pública vietnamita indica que entre el 6 de agosto de 2013 y el 30 de junio de 2016 fueron ejecutados 429 presos en el país asiático, unos números únicamente superados en ese periodo por China, con más de 3.000 ejecuciones, e Irán, con 567, según datos de Amnistía Internacional.
"La magnitud de las ejecuciones en Vietnam en los últimos años es realmente escandalosa. Este mecanismo de ejecución en serie eclipsa por completo las recientes reformas relacionadas con la pena de muerte. Cabe preguntarse cuántas personas más han sido víctimas de la pena de muerte sin que el mundo lo sepa", denunció en un comunicado Shalil Shetty, secretario general de Amnistía Internacional. [seguir leyendo]

Hoa Hao Buddhists Under House Arrest Amid Religious Anniversary
12.06.2017 (RFA) - Several members of an unsanctioned sect of Hoa Hao Buddhism are being kept under de facto house arrest by unidentified men in Vietnam and denied access to social media as they mark the 78th anniversary of their religion’s founding, one of the people targeted in the crackdown said Monday.
According to a follower of the unofficial Hoa Hao group in southern Vietnam’s An Giang province, he and “several others” around the country have been held at their homes for days by men they believe were hired by local authorities in the lead up to the anniversary, which falls on June 12 this year. [read more]

Vietnam revokes citizenship of French dual-national dissident
11.06.2017 (RFI) - Vietnam has stripped a French-Vietnamese former political prisoner and mathematics lecturer of his citizenship. Pham Minh Hoang is accused of tarnishing the country's image with a series of articles which authorities said were aimed at overthrowing the government.
The 62-year-old, who has dual nationality, was sentenced to three years in jail for attempted subversion in 2011 but was released after 17 months and ordered to serve three years' house arrest.
Since his release he has continued to publish articles he describes as "peaceful" but critical of the government on social media. [read more]

Vandals Target Vietnam Church Known For Anti-Formosa Sentiment
07.06.2017 (RFA) - Two unidentified men vandalized a Catholic church Wednesday in Vietnam’s Nghe An province that has been targeted several times after members of its congregation criticized the government’s handling of a devastating toxic waste spill off the country’s coast last year, sources said.
According to a resident of Son Hai commune, in Nghe An’s Quynh Luu district, and video footage obtained by RFA’s Vietnamese Service, the two men approached the gate outside of Van Thai church before dawn on Wednesday and began hurling stones at the building.
One of the men then proceeded to urinate on the gate and entryway to the church, which belongs to the Van Thai sub-parish of Song Ngoc parish, whose priests have led protests against Hanoi’s settlement with the Taiwan-owned Formosa steel plant over its toxic waste spill in April 2016. [read more]

Vietnam : French-Vietnamese blogger threatened with expulsion
07.06.2017 (RSF) - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about the Vietnamese government’s declared intention to expel Pham Minh Hoang, an outspoken blogger who has French as well as Vietnamese nationality. RSF condemns this persecution of Hoang and urges the French authorities to give him their support.
RSF is appalled by this latest Vietnamese Communist Party attempt to intimidate and silence dissidents. Hoang’s announced expulsion is unjustified and out of all proportion. The authorities must reverse this decision, which is typical of the blatant way they harass all those who raise controversial issues. [read more]

Vietnam Strips French-Vietnamese Professor of Citizenship: French Officials
06.06.2017 (RFA) - Vietnam’s government has stripped French-Vietnamese professor and former political prisoner Pham Minh Hoang of his citizenship against his will, throwing his right to stay in his home country into limbo, according to French consular officials.
Hoang, who is also a French citizen, was recently invited to the French consulate in Vietnam’s economic capital Ho Chi Minh City, where he currently lives, and told an order had been signed by the central government in Hanoi.
“The French consul general invited me to discuss some issues and said there was very bad news for me—that the Vietnamese government on May 17 had signed a decision to strip my citizenship,” he told RFA’s Vietnamese Service. [read more]

State of secrecy on death row in Vietnam
26.05.2017 Lauren Farrow, Australian Associated Press (The Australian) - Vietnam has been revealed to be the third-highest global executioner but details of who is on death row and why remains as elusive as ever.
Hidden behind the term "state secrets", Vietnam carries out lethal injections with an unknown cocktail of homemade drugs, while plans to build five new execution centres have stoked fears more deaths are to come. [read more]

23.05.2017 (Amnesty International) - On the 8th anniversary of the arrest of POC Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức – and half way through his 16-year prison sentence – the Directors of 12 Amnesty International offices call for his immediate and unconditional release. The letter also calls on Viet Nam’s prison authorities to ensure that their treatment of Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức adheres strictly, as a minimum, to the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Nelson Mandela Rules) so that he is treated with dignity and respect while he is incarcerated. [read more]
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Dissidents’ Movements Blocked Ahead of US-Vietnam Rights Dialogue in Hanoi
23.05.2017 (RFA) - Vietnamese police surrounded the homes of two high-profile dissident bloggers this week in a move to isolate them just days ahead of a human rights dialogue scheduled with U.S. diplomats, family members and other sources said.
One whose home was put under guard, jailed blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, was honored this year with the U.S. State Department’s International Woman of Courage Award for her work highlighting rights abuses and promoting peaceful dissent in the one-party communist state. [read more]

Vietnam: police attack protesters after activist’s arrest
23.05.2017 (Catholic Culture) - A Catholic environmental activist was arrested in Vietnam last week, and when his supporters gathered outside local government offices to demand an explaination, police attacked the crowd.
Father John Baptist Nguyen Dinh Thuc reported that after asking the crowd to disperse, “scored of police rush the crowd to brutalize those who remained.” [read more]

Catholic activist arrested in Vietnam, police beat up protesters
23.05.2017 (La croix International) - Police attacked demonstrators in north-central Vietnam while they were protesting the detention of a Catholic environmental activist.Police attacked protesters who were demanding an explanation for the detention of environmentalist Hoang Duc Binh outside the Public Security Department of Dien Chau district on May 15, said Father John Baptist Nguyen Dinh Thuc of Song Ngoc Parish.Police had earlier told protesters that Binh had been moved to the provincial police station and then ordered the crowd to disperse.To avoid unnecessary violence some priests on the scene asked the crowd to disperse, Father Thuc said. "But after that, scores of police rushed the crowd to brutalize those who remained." [read more]

Vietnam: Human rights blogger among five finalists for human rights award
P1 - Vietnam: Human rights blogger among five finalists for human rights award
23.05.2017 (Asian Correspondent) - VIETNAMESE blogger Pham Thanh Nghien has been named one of five finalists for the 2017 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, an award recognising activists who risk their lives to benefit their communities.
Nghien was imprisoned in 2010 for four years as a result of her work publicising violations against and defending the rights of relatives of fishermen killed by Chinese patrols.
She is currently under house arrest due to a three year probation period under the charge of conducting propaganda against the state. [read more]

Vietnamese Singer Released From Prison Four Months Early
22.05.2017 (RFA) - A Vietnamese Catholic jailed since 2011 for singing politically sensitive songs was released this week from prison four months before finishing his six-year term, sources said.
Tran Vu Anh Binh was freed on May 21 and returned to his home in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh told RFA’s Vietnamese Service in an interview.
Arrested on Sept. 19, 2011, Binh was sentenced in October 2012 to six years in jail for producing “propaganda against the state” after allegedly contributing to a blog run by Patriot Youth, an overseas political opposition group. [read more]

Blogger Me Nam’s family is surrounded and confined by security police
21.05.2017 (Dân Làm Báo) - The mother of blogger Me Nam has just issued an emergency alert about her family’s situation and safety concerns. Her daughter, blogger Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who is currently in police custody under Article 88 since October 10, 2016 for interrogation and investigation for peacefully exercising her right to free expression.
On the evening of May 20, 2017, the blogger's house at 24 Dang Tat, Nha Trang was surrounded by over 50 security policemen in both plain clothes and uniforms. [read more]

2017 U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue
19.05.2017 (U.S. State Department) - The 21st session of the U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue will be held May 23 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Virginia Bennett and Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General, Vu Anh Quang, will lead their respective delegations in the Dialogue.
The Dialogue will cover a wide range of human rights issues, including the importance of continued progress on legal reform efforts; rule of law; freedoms of expression, association, and assembly; religious freedom; labor rights; disability rights; anti-discrimination; and multilateral cooperation, as well as individual cases of concern. [read more]

Vietnam police arrest dissident for 'abusing democracy rights'
15.05.2017 by Reuters (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - HANOI, May 15 (Reuters) - Police in Vietnam on Monday arrested a prominent dissident whom they accused of having abused democracy rights to infringe state interests, in the latest effort to crack down on critics in the Communist-ruled country.
Despite sweeping reforms to the economy and growing openness to social change, including gay, lesbian and trans-gender rights, Vietnam's Communist Party retains tight media censorship and zero tolerance of criticism.
Hoang Duc Binh, 34, was arrested in the central province of Nghe An and will be detained for 90 days for opposing duty officers and abusing democracy rights, provincial police said on their official news website. [read more]

Detenido un destacado opositor de Vietnam por "abusar de los derechos democráticos"
15.05.2017 (Noticias de Navarra) - HANOI. La Policía de Vietnam ha detenido este lunes al destacado opositor Hoang Duc Binh por "abusar de los derechos democráticos" perjudicando los intereses del Estado, en el marco de la represión de los críticos con el régimen comunista que gobierna la nación asiática.
Binh, de 34 años, ha sido arrestado en la provincia de Nghe An y permanecerá bajo custodia policial 90 días. Según la Policía, está vinculado a grupos disidentes dedicados a difundir información contra el Gobierno en redes sociales y responsables de las multitudinarias protestas contra la empresa taiwanesa Formosa Plastics. [seguir leyendo]

Catholic media launch appeal for Vietnamese priests defamed by the government
12.05.2017 Peter Đang (AsiaNews) - Hanoi - Two priests from the diocese of Vinh are being targeted by the Vietnamese government. Fr. Đặng Hữu Nam and Fr. Nguyễn Đình Thục are the parish priests of the Phu Yên and Song Ngoc churches. In recent months they have supported their faithful in protests against the government and Formosa Plastics Corporation, the Taiwanese company responsible for the most serious environmental disaster in the country's history. The Vietnamese authorities conducted a defamatory campaign against the two parishioners on all official media, television, radio, and government-controlled newspapers. Faced with this unprecedented attack on their confreres, members of the local clergy have not stood idly by. In a statement signed by many priests, they support Fr. Đặng Hữu Nam and Fr. Nguyễn Đình Thục. The Vietnam Catholic Mass Media Federation takes a stand on the case and issued an official release yesterday in Sydney. [read more] Below is the full statement. [read more]

Vietnam Issues Warrant for Environmental Activist
12.05.2017 An Hai (VOA) - Police in a Vietnamese province where a toxic spill caused a 100-ton fish kill last year have issued a rare "wanted" warrant for influential environmental activist Bach Hong Quyen.
On Friday, a day after police attempted to serve the warrant to his wife at the couple's home in Ha Tinh province, Vietnamese media reported authorities had launched a nationwide manhunt for the 28-year-old activist, who was accused of "disturbing public order" through his organization of an April 3 environmental protest. [read more]
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VIETNAM : Deux prêtres du diocèse de Vinh sont la cible d’une campagne de diffamation orchestrée par les autorités provinciales
11.05.2017 (Églises d'Asie) - Deux prêtres du diocèse de Vinh sont aujourd’hui dans le collimateur des autorités civiles locales. Les deux prêtres, le P. Dang Huu Nam et le P. Nguyên Dinh Thuc, respectivement curés des paroisses de Phu Yên et de Song Ngoc, ont, les mois derniers, pris la tête de la résistance des fidèles catholiques dans leur protestation contre le complexe industriel Formosa, responsable d’une très grave pollution de l’environnement maritime dans la région et contre l’absence ou l’insuffisance d’indemnisation pour certaines des victimes de la catastrophe écologique.
La campagne calomniatrice lancée contre les deux curés de paroisse a été reprise sur tous les médias officiels aussi bien à la télévision, à la radio que sur les journaux contrôlés par le pouvoir. [en savoir plus]

Detained Vietnam Labor Activist in Poor Health: Lawyer
11.05.2017 (RFA) - A human rights defender held in detention for online activism is in poor health and has been refused visits from her family, according to her lawyer, who met with her Thursday for the first time since she was arrested nearly four months ago.
Tran Thi Nga, 40, was arrested on Jan. 21 in Phu Ly, the capital city of northern Vietnam’s Ha Nam province, and charged under Article 88 for “using the internet to spread propaganda videos and writings” against the state.
The labor and land rights activist also known as Thuy Nga faces up to 20 years in prison. [read more]

Social media extends life of resistance for Vietnamese land holders
09.05.2017 Author: John Gillespie, Monash University (East Asia Forum) - In recent weeks, long running land disputes in Vietnam have begun to change shape. On 16 April, villagers in My Duc district on the outskirts of Hanoi held state officials and some police officers hostage. Following a pledge from the city government to investigate their complaints, the hostages were freed.
What has changed in Vietnam is the population’s use of social media, which has allowed citizens to mobilise opposition to land taking and monitor official responses to public protests. [read more]

Netizen Report: Vietnam Says Facebook Will Cooperate with Censorship Requests on Offensive, ‘Fake’ Content
09.05.2017 by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team (MediaShift) - Vietnamese government officials said on April 26 that Facebook has committed to help local law enforcement prevent and remove from Facebook content that violates the country’s laws against “offensive” and anti-government messages.
According to a government statement, Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert and Vietnamese Information and Communication Minister Truong Minh Tuan met in Hanoi and formed an agreement to establish a special channel to coordinate monitoring and removal of content from the platform. The statement also indicated that Facebook had agreed to help remove fake accounts and “fake content”, a designation that could be used to label unflattering news or opinions about government policies or officials. [read more]

The Dong Tam hostage crisis: issues, interests and social media
08.05.2017 Helen Clark (The Strategist) - The Dong Tam hostage crisis in Vietnam’s north recently was a familiar mix of issues: possible corruption, land grabs, furious farmers, and a citizenry watching avidly from Facebook sidelines (they don’t trust their newspapers for this sort of stuff). However, the ending was a new one: the possibility of a fair resolution by the government.
... Farmers have been brutally treated by the central government and provincial governments in the past, and from all reports the treatment of the villagers leading up to this latest outbreak was aggressive, threatening and coercive. However, the hard-done-by farmers are a little like the ‘deserving poor’: as long as they protest, however angrily, but don’t engage in political activism there’s a chance that the full force of the law may not affect them. [read more]

El régimen de Vietnam quiere limitar red social
07.05.2017 (Correo del Sur) - El régimen comunista de Vietnam trata de poner coto a la información que circula por las redes sociales, ya que su control de los medios de comunicación tradicionales ya no es suficiente para frenar la propagación de voces disidentes.
Tras meses de presiones, el Gobierno de Hanoi anunció a finales de abril un acuerdo por el que Facebook se compromete a censurar todo contenido que atente contra las leyes del país y a borrar cuentas falsas o las que publiquen "contenido falso" sobre las autoridades. [seguir leyendo]

Vietnam village showdown may mark watershed in land conflicts
05.05.2017 David Brown (Nikkei Asian Review) - Last month, a band of farmers forced their way into the administrative compound of Dong Tam, an ancient village on the fringes of Hanoi, to protest the expropriation of their land. To the astonishment of many observers, Vietnam's communist regime calmed the explosive situation after a protracted standoff by overruling local officials.
On the margins of Vietnam's booming cities, land prices have skyrocketed. Social justice is routinely subverted by developers who are ready to pay officials whatever it takes to clear building sites.
For months, Dong Tam farmers had been locked in confrontation with local authorities over 46 hectares of land adjacent to an obscure military airstrip. On April 15, plainclothes police auxiliaries wrestled an 83-year-old village elder and three other representatives of the farmers into unmarked cars and sped off. The farmers responded by invading the village administrative compound, taking 38 people hostage, including Communist Party officials and policemen. [read more]

Vietnam Issues Arrest Warrant For Activist Blogger
05.05.2017 (RFA) - Authorities in Vietnam have issued a warrant for the arrest of an activist blogger who has drawn attention to the government’s handling of a toxic waste spill last year that devastated the country’s central coast, he and a fellow rights campaigner said Friday.
The warrant to arrest Bach Hong Quyen—a champion of democracy, human rights and the environment—was signed into effect on April 19, fellow activist Thao Teresa told RFA’s Vietnamese Service, adding that Quyen anticipates he could be detained at any time. [read more]

Vietnam Authorities to Probe Attack on Formosa Activist
03.05.2017 (RFA) - Authorities in Vietnam’s commercial capital Ho Chi Minh City will investigate a violent attack on an environmental activist which was filmed and posted to social media by a man believed to have planned the beating, state media reported Wednesday.
Shocking video of the May 2 attack on Hanoi-based activist Le My Hanh and two others at her friend Huong’s home in Ho Chi Minh City surfaced later that day on the Facebook page of a man named Phan Hung, and shows thugs believed hired by local police punching and kicking the women, while calling them “reactionaries.”
Rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh told RFA’s Vietnamese Service Wednesday that Hanh’s case should be prosecuted immediately and expressing regret that authorities had waited more than 24 hours after the assault to act. [read more]

Vietnam Urged to Free Detained Citizen Journalist on World Press Freedom Day
03.05.2017 (RFA) - A group of human rights and internet security organizations marked World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday by calling on Vietnam to free detained citizen journalist Nguyen Van Hoa, held since January on charges of disseminating “anti-state propaganda.”
In a statement signed by Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres and Washington-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, among others, the organizations demanded that authorities “immediately release” Hoa, an activist known for filming protests against a polluting steel plant.
“Repressing citizen journalists is not only a violation of human rights but also a major impediment to Vietnam’s aspirations to become a tech and innovation hub,” the statement said. [read more]

Petition in protest of the forced expropriation of Lien Tri Pagoda, Vietnam
On September 8th, 2016, Buddhist monks of Lien Tri Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City were forcibly evicted by the authorities in preparation for the demolition of the structure, allegedly for urban development purposes.
The demolition of Lien Tri Pagoda and the eviction of the monks marked the culmination of a prolonged and tense period of harassment by the authorities of the pagoda’s occupants and of its worshippers.
P1 - Petition in protest of the forced expropriation of Lien Tri Pagoda, Vietnam
During the clearance, police forcibly blocked supporters from entering the site as they attempted to join the monks’ protest against the eviction. The pagoda’s resident abbot, Most Venerable Thich Khong Tanh, had to be hospitalized due to nervous shock and exhaustion...
This petition will be delivered to:
United Nations Human Rights Council
International Buddhist Confederation
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt
President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang [read more & sign the petition]

Amnesty International - Vietnam 2016:

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Vietnam 2015 - Not Free

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Amnesty International - DEATH SENTENCES AND EXECUTIONS 2014
Amnesty International - DEATH SENTENCES AND EXECUTIONS 2014

... Figures on the use of the death penalty continued to be classified as a state secret in Viet Nam, where media reported at least three executions. The real figure is believed to be much higher. Amnesty International recorded that the courts imposed at least 72 new death sentences, 80% of which were for drug trafficking, and that at least 700 people remained under sentence of death at the end of the year... [read the report]

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WORLD REPORT 2015 - Vietnam

HRW WORLD REPORT 2015 - Vietnam
Jan. 2015 (HRW) The human rights situation in Vietnam remained critical in 2014. The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) continued its one-party rule, in place since 1975. Maintaining
its monopoly on state power, it faced growing public discontent with the lack of basic freedoms. While fewer bloggers and activists were arrested than in
2013, the security forces increased various forms of harassment and intimidation of critics.
Vietnamese courts lack independence and continue to be used as political tools of the CPV against critics.
Vietnam bans all independent political parties, labor unions, and human rights organizations. Authorities require official approval for public gatherings and refuse
to grant permission for meetings, marches, or protests they deem politically or otherwise unacceptable. ...
read HRW Vietnam Report

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SILENCED VOICES - Prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam
SILENCED VOICES - Prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam
11.2013 (AI) - Prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam face arbitrary pre-trial detention for several months, are held incommunicado without access to family and lawyers, and are subsequently sentenced after unfair trials to prison terms ranging from two to 20 years or even, in some cases, life imprisonment. Many are held in harsh conditions amounting to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, with some of them subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, such as beatings by security officials or other prisoners.
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