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Independent Journalists in Vietnam: The Clampdown Against Critics Continues

Vietnam’s independent journalists are under siege, and there is little cause for optimism. On April 24, Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu became the latest journalist to be jailed for daring to criticize Vietnam’s ruling communist party. Dieu was handed an eight year sentence for criticizing the party and advocating for democracy on social media. According to Reporters without […]

Being an environmentalist in Vietnam

Vietnam’s environmental record is a cause for concern. So too is its record on free speech and human rights. This makes life difficult for environmental activists who try to hold the government to account, many of whom have been arrested or harassed by the regime.  Like in many developing countries, rapid economic growth in Vietnam […]

Take action for environmental activist Tran Thi Xuan

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 […]

Take action for poet Tran Duc Thach

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 […]

Human Rights Report 2020

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 […]

Take action for eco-activist Dinh Thi Thu Thuy

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 […]

Take action for Phan Van Thu

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 […]

Imprisoned blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc in critical condition

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 […]