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Family Permitted Visit After Political Prisoner Forced to Attend Appeal Trial: An Update on Le Trong Hung’s Life in Prison

Political prisoner Le Trong Hung (pictured above), sentenced on New Year’s Eve 2021 to five years in prison, was forced to attend an appeal trial without his consent and with no lawyers present. Hung was an independent journalist for four years at Chen Hung Viet Nam TV (CHTV), a social media TV channel, where he […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 17/2022 – Week of April 25-May 1

Greetings from The 88 Project. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of April 25 – May 1. Yet another Facebooker was sentenced to years in prison for conducting “anti-state propaganda.” After completing his prison sentence, an activist was shipped to a city 900 km away from […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 16/2022 – Week of April 18-24

Greetings from The 88 Project. An activist’s appeal trial took place without any legal representation; his family was not notified. A freelance writer was jailed for reasons unclear. Another activist will be put on trial for anti-state propaganda. Several more international organizations have published studies, papers, and reports on the human rights situation in Vietnam. Arrests of […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 15/2022 – Week of April 11-17

Greetings from The 88 Project. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of April 11-17. A former prison official’s appeal of his prison sentence was denied. A state media journalist and a businessman were sentenced to re-education. A Facebooker was arrested for writing about the arrests of […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 14/2022 – Week of April 4-10

Greetings from The 88 Project. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of April 4-10. Another former state media journalist was sentenced for writing about corruption. An advocate for the families of political prisoners remains in pretrial detention one year after her arrest. The government […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 13/2022 – Week of Vietnam March 28-April 3

Greetings from The 88 Project. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of March 28-April 3. It was a relatively quiet week, with only three persons put on trial for defaming high-level government officials. The CEO of a large conglomerate and powerful ally of top Party members […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 12/2022 – Week of March 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 March 21-28. One more activist has been sentenced to prison while another had his appeal denied. The surprise arrest of a well-heeled female CEO strangely resulted in widespread celebration. The wife of an […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 11/2022 – Week of March 14-20

Greetings from The 88 Project. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of March 14-20. A political prisoner is being held in a psychiatric ward. A former fugitive and his helper will be put on trial. A prisoner’s wife was summoned by the police. Appeal trials will […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 10/2022 – Week of March 7-13

Greetings from The 88 Project. We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of March 6-13. A trial has been postponed. Police responded with excessive force to another land rights dispute. Read an interview with an exiled singer-songwriter.  The invasion of Ukraine reveals a split within Vietnamese […]

International Women’s Day Update: High Profile Activists and Online Commentators Alike Targeted by the Authorities Over the Past Year

Environmental activist Nguy Thi Khanh was arrested in early 2022, Source: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty via The Guardian Women have played an important role in the struggle for freedom of expression in Vietnam. Although they represent a minority of overall arrests, women have often been important actors in Vietnamese civil society. The draconian prison sentences handed to […]