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Actions to Support Pham Doan Trang, October 2020

Share Front Line Defenders’s urgent appeal for Pham Doan Trang on your social media or by sending it to your government representatives. Please also widely circulate the letter she wrote prior to her arrest, which details her wishes for the country and elaborates on what the public should do while she is in prison. Follow this account for regular […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 40/2020 – Week of October 5-11

Greetings from The 88 Project! We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of October 5-11. On October 6, the Ministry of Public Security, in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi police, arrested dissident writer Pham Doan Trang— a few hours after the United States and […]

‘Freedom Fighter’ Pham Thi Doan Trang

Pham Doan Trang being taken away during her October 6, 2020 arrest, Source: Will Nguyen On October 6, 2020, the US and Vietnam had to hold their 24th annual Human Rights Dialogue via virtual sessions due to Covid-19. In virtual attendance were the US ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink from Hanoi, and his counterpart Ha […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 39/2020 – Week of September 28-October 4

Greetings from The 88 Project! We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of September 28-October 4. Authorities arrested a lecturer for alleged slander against a Community Party official, and they have also extended the pre-trial investigation period for journalist Pham Chi Thanh, and possibly for […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 38/2020 – Week of September 21-27

Greetings from The 88 Project! We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of September 21-27. Trinh Ba Phuong’s wife has been questioned by police about his activism, and Phuong has remained silent while in pre-trial detention. Coming up next week, we will release a video interview with Phuong, […]

Vietnam’s BOT Dilemma: Activists at the Gates

The anti-Build–Operate–Transfer (BOT) movement is one of the biggest movements in Vietnamese civil society during the first two decades of the 21st Century. Beginning in 2017, public dissatisfaction with oddly placed BOT toll booths began to grow and the movement gained momentum when professional drivers, everyday road-users, and the local residents realized how lucrative and […]