• Vietnam’s human rights record remains weak in many areas. The government suppresses virtually all forms of political dissent, using a broad array of repressive measures. Freedom of expression, association, and public assembly are tightly controlled. Religious activists are harassed, intimidated, and imprisoned. State-run drug rehabilitation centers exploit detainees as forced laborers making goods for local markets and export. The criminal justice system lacks independence and operates under the direction of the government and party. 

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  • Blogger Pham Viet Dao attends a conference on social media in Hanoi on December 24, 2012. Vietnamese police arrested Dao on June 13, 2013 for allegedly “abusing democratic freedoms.”

    All charges against the blogger Pham Viet Dao, 62, should be dropped, and he should be released immediately and unconditionally, Human Rights Watch said today.