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Mandatory Order to Install Surveillance Software Infringes on Child Privacy, Expression

Singapore’s Education Ministry has made it mandatory for secondary school students to install tracking and remote access software on all laptops issued under a national digital literacy program, and on students’ personal devices that are used to…
A student uses a laptop for schoolwork while participating in remote learning, September 7, 2020.
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At least 60 investigated for social media posts since October 17

(Beirut) – Fourteen Lebanese and international organizations announced on July 13, 2020 the formation of a “Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon” to oppose the Lebanese authorities’ attempts to stifle free speech and opinion in the…
Lebanese protesters wave national flags during demonstrations to demand better living conditions on October 21, 2019 in downtown Beirut.
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Company Caves to Government After Local Servers Disrupted

(New York) – Facebook has bowed to pressure by the government of Vietnam and agreed to restrict posts by dissidents, setting a bad precedent for both human rights and its global policies, Human Rights Watch said today. The decision…
a Vietnamese man logs in internet for blogging on his iPad in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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Upcoming Dialogue Should Focus on Commitments Made in Recent Trade Deals

(Bangkok) – The European Union should press Vietnam to end its systemic repression of human rights and release political prisoners and detainees, Human Rights Watch said today. A human rights dialogue between the EU and Vietnam is scheduled for…
Members of the European Parliament sit in the plenary chamber of the European Parliament during a vote. Among other things, MEPs will vote today on a free trade agreement with Vietnam.
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Little Tolerance for Freedom of Expression, Independent Trade Unions

(New York) – At least 30 activists and dissidents were sentenced to prison in Vietnam in 2019 simply for exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, association, and religion, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World…
Vietnam Political Prisoners
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Persecuted for Criticizing the Government on Facebook

(Bangkok) – Vietnamese authorities should drop all charges against the blogger Pham Van Diep and immediately release him, Human Rights Watch said today. Pham Van Diep will face trial on November 26, 2019 in Thanh Hoa Province on charges…
Pham Van Diep © 2018 private
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Music Teacher Shared Protest Images; Voiced Support for Political Prisoners

(Bangkok) – The Vietnamese authorities should drop all charges against human rights activist Nguyen Nang Tinh and immediately release him, Human Rights Watch said today. A court in Nghe An is scheduled to hear his case on November 15, 2019. …
Nguyen Nang Tinh supporting the then political prisoner Dang Xuan Dieu holding a sign that reads, "Fx Dang Xuan Dieu – I accompany you."
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Court to Hear Appeal of 6-Year Sentence

(Bangkok, November 6, 2019) – A Vietnamese court will hear an appeal on November 7, 2019 of a six-year sentence for a Vietnamese environmental activist convicted of criticizing the government on Facebook, Human Rights Watch said…
Nguyen Ngoc Anh
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Ongoing Crackdown on Online Commentators

(New York) – Vietnamese police arrested a pro-democracy activist on September 23, 2019 based on his Facebook postings, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately release the activist, Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong,…
Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong supports prominent blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, who is serving a 16-year prison sentence. His sign reads, "I recommend the government of Vietnam to release Tran Huynh Duy Thuc."
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Proposed Law Would Excessively Restrict Online Freedom of Speech

(New York) – Singapore’s proposed law on “online falsehoods” is sweepingly broad and threatens to stifle discussion on websites worldwide, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should withdraw the Protection from Online Falsehoods and…
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks during a press conference following the 33rd ASEAN summit in Singapore, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.
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Systemic Repression Intensifies Ahead of Dialogue

(Brussels) – The European Union should press the Vietnamese government on human rights issues, Human Rights Watch said today in advance of the 8th EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue, scheduled for March 4, 2019 in Brussels. In a submission…
Twenty-five political prisoners currently locked up for exercising basic rights. (c) 2018 Private
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Widespread Violations Ignored During Geneva Review

(Geneva) – Vietnam presented a grossly inaccurate picture of its human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on January 22, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s claim that it had implemented 175 of 182 …
Twenty-five political prisoners currently locked up for exercising basic rights. (c) 2018 Private
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Rights Demands Not Met; Intensifying Crackdown

(Brussels) – The European Parliament and the European Council should postpone the ratification of the proposed EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement until the Vietnamese government takes concrete steps to improve its increasingly abusive…
Deputies attend the opening ceremony of the National Assembly's autumn session in Hanoi, Vietnam October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
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Draft Cyber Security Decree Will Seriously Undermine Rights

(New York) – Vietnam should postpone the application of the Law on Cyber Security and revise it to bring it to conformity with international law, Human Rights Watch said today. The National Assembly passed this highly problematic law in June 2018.…
Deputies attend the opening ceremony of the National Assembly's autumn session in Hanoi, Vietnam October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
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Government Misuses Criminal Law to Prevent Criticism

(Bangkok) – Singapore authorities should drop criminal defamation charges against Terry Xu, editor of the online news site The Online Citizen, for publishing a letter alleging government corruption, Human Rights Watch said today. Xu is scheduled to…
A general view of the Parliament House in Singapore June 2, 2016.
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Democracy Campaigner on Trial for Disrespecting National Flag

(New York) – Vietnam should drop all charges against human rights campaigner Huynh Thuc Vy, who faces trial under article 276 of the 1999 penal code for allegedly disrespecting the national flag, Human Rights Watch said today. She faces up to three years…
Huynh Thuc Vy holds a sign that reads "Praying for Tran Huynh Duy Thuc and for Vietnam. Sept 12, 2018".
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Brotherhood for Democracy Member on Trial

(New York) – Vietnamese authorities should drop all charges against Nguyen Trung Truc for peaceful rights activism and release him immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. Nguyen was arrested in August 2017 for involvement with a…
Nguyen Trung Truc hold a sign, “Condemn the Vietnamese Communist for terrorizing Pastor [Nguyen Trung] Ton”
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Investigate Assaults Against Dissidents

(New York) – Vietnamese government officers and men in civilian clothes raided a concert in Ho Chi Minh City on August 15, 2018, and severely beat the performer and two prominent activists in the audience, Human Rights Watch said today. Vietnam…
Row 1: Pham Doan Trang before and after the attack, and the broken helmet that was thrown by the side of the road after the beating  Row 2: Nguyen Tin in a fund-raising event for political prisoner Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh ("Mother Mushroom") and after the a
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Environmental Activists Targeted as Repression Continues

(New York) –  Vietnam should drop all charges against rights campaigners Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, Nguyen Trung Ton, Nguyen Van Dai, Pham Van Troi, and Truong Minh Duc and release them immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. The…
Top (left to right): Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, and Nguyen Trung Ton  Bottom (left to right): Nguyen Van Dai, Phạm Van Troi, and Truong Minh Duc