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Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 19/2024 – Week of May 6-12

Greetings from Project88. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of May 6-12. One former administrator of the “Patriotic Diary” Facebook page, Phan Tat Thanh, was sentenced to eight years in prison this week. Another, Nguyen Van Dung (Dung Aduku), is presumed dead under unknown circumstances. […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 18/ 2024 – Week of April 29-May5

Greetings from Project88. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of April 29-May 5. Hanoi police have arrested Nguyen Van Binh (51), the director general of the Legal Affairs Department at Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA)— the first arrest of a government reformer in […]

Vietnam Arrests Labor Reformer Ahead of Commerce Department Hearing on Country’s Market Status

Hanoi police have arrested Nguyen Van Binh (51), the director general of the Legal Affairs Department at Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) — the first arrest of a government reformer in recent years. Binh was leading efforts to ratify ILO Convention 87, which, if passed, would guarantee workers the right to […]

International Workers’ Day 2024 – Overview of Upcoming Labor Rights Developments in Vietnam

Above: Hoang Duc Binh is a labor rights activist currently serving 14 years in prison  May 1, 2024 – International Workers’ Day Freedom of association does not currently exist in Vietnam. Observers hope that domestic and international developments expected later this year may help to change that, but the prospects of Vietnam implementing true labor […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 17/2024 – Week of April 22-28

Greetings from Project88. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of April 22-28. The US State Department listed numerous areas of concern in its 2023 Country Report on Vietnam yet reported “no significant changes” in the status of human rights overall, despite concrete evidence from Project88 and […]

Vietnam Arrested 32 Political Prisoners in 2023

Project88 recorded 32 new arrests of political prisoners by Vietnamese authorities in 2023. For the full list of arrests, click here. This is up from 28 arrests in 2022. Among those arrested in 2023 were at least eight ethnic minority activists and nine women. Vietnam arrested a wide range of people in 2023 – Facebook […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 16/2024 – Week of April 15-21

Greetings from Project88. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of April 15-21. Project88’s work exposing the secret government document Directive 24 continues to shape international discourse.  Experts from the Human Rights Committee tasked with preparing a list of issues to be addressed during the review of […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 15/2024 – Week of April 7-14

Greetings from Project88. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of April 7-14. Apple’s CEO visits Vietnam to elevate its “connection with local suppliers, clean water projects and education opportunities.” The visit comes just days after Project88 and dozens of other environmental and human rights organizations called on the company […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 14/2024 – Week of March 31-April 6

Greetings from Project88. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of March 31-April 6. “Describing meetings with Western diplomats and EU officials since his organization published Directive 24 – the existence of which has been repeatedly reference by top Vietnamese leaders, and in state media and […]