• Vietnam’s human rights record remains weak in all key 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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  • Eight Vietnamese bloggers and activists imprisoned for exercising basic rights. Clockwise from upper left: bloggers Nguyen Quang Lap (© 2014 Private), Ta Phong Tan (© Ta Phong Tan), Tran Huynh Duy Thuc (© Tran Huynh Duy Thuc & family), Ho Thi Bich Khuong (© Ho Thi Bich Khuong), religious activists Nguyen Van Lia (© private), Mai Thi Dung (© Mai Thi Dung & family), Dang Xuan Dieu (© Thanh nien Cong giao); and Father Nguyen Van Ly (© 2010 Reuters).
    The human rights situation in Vietnam in 2014 continued to be characterized by one-party rule, politically motivated convictions, lack of labor rights, widespread police abuse, and an escalating land crisis, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.

Reports

Vietnam

  • Mar 16, 2015
    When Australian prime minister Tony Abbott meets his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung in Canberra this week will he simply praise Vietnam’s economic progress while staying silent about its deplorable human rights situation? It’s all too likely. After all, the Australian government has made a habit of honouring countries like Cambodia, Sri Lanka and China as “good friends” of Australia while ignoring their poor rights records.
  • Jan 29, 2015
    The human rights situation in Vietnam in 2014 continued to be characterized by one-party rule, politically motivated convictions, lack of labor rights, widespread police abuse, and an escalating land crisis, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.
  • Jan 25, 2015
    The Vietnamese authorities should immediately stop using violence against human rights campaigners.
  • Dec 27, 2014
    The government of Vietnam appears to have adopted an alarming new tactic against human rights activists.
  • Dec 10, 2014
    Vietnam should drop all charges and immediately release bloggers Nguyen Quang Lap and Hong Le Tho, who were arrested for operating independent blogs, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Oct 8, 2014
    The United States government made a mistake this month in relaxing a ban on lethal arms sales and transfers to Vietnam — a non-democratic, one-party state with an abysmal human rights record.
  • Oct 3, 2014
    The Obama administration announced on Oct. 2 that it was relaxing a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam. The United States will now allow the Pentagon and U.S. companies to provide Vietnam with "maritime security-related defense articles." The move coincided with a visit to Washington by Deputy Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh -- where he met with Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel -- and came without much warning. This may have been intentional given the controversy surrounding it.
  • Sep 15, 2014
    Police throughout Vietnam abuse people in their custody, in some cases leading to death, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Vietnamese government should take immediate action to end suspicious deaths in custody and torture of detainees by police, Human Rights Watch said.
  • Aug 24, 2014
    Vietnamese authorities should drop politically motivated charges against three activists and immediately release them, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Aug 20, 2014
    New Vietnamese government regulations on police investigations improve on past rules but fall well short of the deep reforms needed to curb widespread police abuses.