Who is Tran Thi Xuan? Tran Thi Xuan is a Catholic activist from Ha Tinh province in central Vietnam. Xuan participated in protests following the Formosa environmental disaster in April 2016 after the steel plant released toxic chemicals into the ocean, destroying wildlife and devastating the local economy which relies heavily on fishing. Xuan is […]
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Who is Tran Duc Thach? Tran Duc Thach is an author, poet, and veteran of the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN). Since the end of the war, Thach has published poems and articles which criticize Vietnam’s record on human rights and corruption. In 1988, Trach published a novel which criticized the legal system and prison […]
ILLINOIS, U.S., April 6, 2021 – In our 2020 Human Rights Report, we highlight the continued deterioration of the human rights situation in Vietnam. We document arrests, trials, harassment, and abuse of political prisoners and activists at risk. The 52-page report also includes an evaluation of Vietnam’s persistent failure to comply with its 2019 Universal […]
On January 20, 2021 Dinh Thi Thu Thuy became the latest female activist to be handed a prison sentence in Vietnam. Thuy, an aquaculture engineer and environmentalist from the Mekong Delta, had criticized a range of government policies on Facebook and was arrested in April last year. For just five posts which had received […]
Who is Dinh Thi Thu Thuy? Dinh Thi Thu Thuy is an aquaculture engineer and ecological activist from Nga Bay City in the Mekong Delta. Thuy campaigned with a number of local eco-groups to protect the delta area from pollution and exploitation. Thuy became increasingly politically active from 2018 onward when she participated in protests […]
Who is Phan Van Thu? Phan Van Thu is a religious leader and environmentalist who in 1969 founded An Dan Dai Dao (ADDD), a Buddhist sect which was outlawed after the Communist party took control of South Vietnam in 1975. Thu was first arrested in August 1975 and spent eight years in prison, including five […]
On February 03, blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc stopped his hunger strike after 72 days. He said his hunger strike has worked, but we are awaiting details on the outcome. On November 30, Thuc’s family reported that they were able to visit him in prison. He told them he had been on a hunger strike for […]
Le Huu Minh Tuan is a young professional who expressed his concern for human rights in Vietnam starting at a very young age. He has participated in the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam since 2015 and has joined many collective movements across the country. He was arrested in June 2020 and sentenced to 11 years […]
Imprisoned blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc is in critical condition after being on a hunger strike since November 23, 2020. Thuc has been trying to get the Vietnamese High Court to review his request to have his sentence reduced based on changes in the 2015 Criminal Code. Thuc was charged with “preparing to commit a […]
In this short but succinct interview that was filmed prior to her arrest, journalist Pham Doan Trang discusses her activism in starkly personal detail. Trang explains her goals and wishes, not just for herself but also for the groups she’s been involved with. She describes certain negative patterns she sees with many human rights organizations […]