Entries by Huong Nguyen

Criticizing Government Corruption on Facebook, Activist Le Van Sinh Sentenced to Five Years for “Abusing Democratic Freedoms”

On September 5, 2019, the People’s Court of Ninh Binh Provinces held the first instance trial against Le Van Sinh, a 54 year-old resident of Ninh My Commune, Hoa Lu District. The Court slammed him with a five-year conviction in jail for “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State,” under Article […]

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 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 […]

Interview with Nguyen Nguyen Binh – Trailer

“[In the end] I hope that our activities will pressure the authorities to make a change.” Nguyen Nguyen Binh, a political activist and translator, spoke to us about the risks of her activities, and how she believes it’s worth taking them. Full interview coming soon!

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 28/2019 – Week of July 8-14

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 8-14. Many news items this week are related to the ongoing hunger strike in Prison Camp 6, Nghe An province. Today is the 34th day of the hunger strike, yet situation of […]

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 […]