REUTERS, HANOI | BY MARTIN PETTY: Former IT entrepreneur and banker Nguyen Quang A is running a disciplined campaign to be elected to Vietnam’s parliament, declaring his assets, securing voter endorsements and appearing in a slick online video. He is not, however, a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam nor the kind of candidate that […]
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Dr. Nguyen Quang A, a renowned Vietnamese businessman, scholar, and dissident, has launched an appeal to Vietnamese citizens to exercise their right to stand for election in the upcoming National Assembly’s elections of May 2016. He himself just kicked off a campaign to gauge the public support for his own nomination by asking people to sign a […]
15-9-2015 My beloved Nhan*! I have written to you several times but I don’t know whether the letters have reached you. I did not receive any reply at all. I long to hear from you and our family very much. Please remember to reply to me. Each month you came to visit yet I […]
This coming January 20th marks six years since Tran Huynh Duy Thuc’s trial. Three other dissidents who were tried at the same time– Le Cong Dinh, Nguyen Tien Trung, and Le Thang Long have been released. Thuc remains in jail as he received the longest sentence – 16 years of imprisonment and 5 years of […]
Huong Nguyen, The 88 Project – The Vietnamese Decree 72/2013/NĐ-CP on Management, Provision and Use of the Internet and Online Information (hereinafter the Decree), since its adoption on July 15, 2013, has had to face many critisms from Vietnamese bloggers and from the international community for restricting the use of Internet in Vietnam. Yet, some others […]
Reporters Without Borders: Vietnam is the world’s second biggest prison for bloggers and cyber-dissidents, after China. Vietnam’s bloggers are a source of independently-reported news and information that is an alternative to the government media. They write about corruption, environmental problems and the country’s political developments. There have been several waves of arrests of bloggers, netizens and […]
July 17, 2013, RFA – One of Vietnam’s most prominent jailed dissidents, blogger Nguyen Van Hai, has gone on a hunger strike amid concerns over his prison treatment, his ex-wife said Wednesday, highlighting a trend of fasting protests by political prisoners in the one-party Communist state. Hai, popularly known by his pen name Dieu Cay, […]
Associated Press, HANOI, Vietnam July 11, 2013 – A Vietnamese court sentenced four men to death for dealing in heroin, adding to those waiting capital punishment while the government tries to source chemicals for lethal injection, state media reported Thursday. The country has not executed anyone since 2011, when it decided to switch from firing squads to […]
“In the more than 20 years during which I have observed this country, the Vietnamese government’s predisposition to try and cover up inconvenient truths is fundamentally unchanged. The construction of the nuclear power plants, wrapped in a political climate with inadequate disclosure of information and the suppression of free speech, is already plagued with serious […]
Now that Cu Huy Ha Vu had ended his hunger strike on June 21, another political prisoner, young Catholic activist Tran Minh Nhat (photo), began fasting on that same day to protest the maltreatment and harsh conditions in Nghe An’s prison. Tran Minh Nhat, born 1988, student at the University of Foreign Languages before his […]