Entries by Huong Nguyen

Vietnam’s Extreme Censorship Highlighted in New International Report

Vietnam ranks sixth on the Committee to Protect Journalist’s (CPJ) newly-released report, the 10 Most Censored Countries, only behind Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and China. “A raft of repressive laws and decrees sharply curtails any media criticism of the one-party government, its policies, and its performance,” CPJ states. The report cites Vietnam’s jailing […]

Anti-China Protests and Crackdowns in August 2019: A Review 

On July 3, Chinese survey vessels and coastguard ships entered Vanguard Bank, an area located entirely in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone, to conduct seismic research. This, however, was obviously not the only purpose of the “survey mission.” According to Hu Bo, director of the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative, the mission was specifically […]

Eight Years in Exile, Eight Years in Prison: Story of Nguyen Dang Minh Man, by Chieu Anh Nguyen

Nguyen Dang Minh Man is a former political prisoner who just completed her eight-year prison sentence on August 2, 2019. The Catholic activist and photojournalist was arrested in 2011 for recording peaceful protests and sentenced for subversion. Behind bars, she endured difficult conditions, went on hunger strike, and was also placed in solitary confinement. This […]

Vietnam’s UPR Commitments on Freedom of Expression: Promises and Suggested Actions – Part 2

Part 2: Substantive Commitments to Freedom of Expression  There are not many accepted recommendations directly concern with freedom of expression. These limited recommendations still need to be examined and monitored carefully to make sure that the promises do not get lost in vain.  1. Recommendations no. 168 and 184 on freedom of opinion and freedom […]

Vietnam’s UPR Commitments on Freedom of Expression: Promises and Suggested Actions – Part 1

Part 1 – Vietnam’s UPR Commitments on Freedom of Expression: Overview and General Legal Environment Assurance Promises Overview On 26 June 2019, the Vietnamese government concluded its UPR cycle with the Addendum replying to the recommendations of participating States. With the acceptance of 241 recommendations (out of 291), of which 220 are fully accepted and […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 27/2019 – Week of July 1-7

Greetings from The 88 Project! We are bringing you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of July 1-7. Many more political prisoners, including Nguyen Trung Truc, Nguyen Van Dien, and Vu Quang Thuan have started a hunger strike against what they call “cruel” treatment in prison, prompting the civil […]

Interview with Ha Thuy Nguyen

Ha Thuy Nguyen is a writer based in Hanoi. Born in 1986, she wrote her first novel when she was 14 years old. Two years later, after many publishers rejected the manuscript, doubting that a kid could do such writing, the book was finally published in hard-cover at nearly 1000 pages. It was acclaimed by […]