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Today, June 15, a retired baker from Sydney will spend his 71st birthday alone in a remote prison three hours south of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City.  His wife and children have not spoken with him since his arrest in January 2019. Nor have…
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In coming weeks, the European Parliament is expected to take a binding decision on whether to approve, postpone or reject the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA). The votes come…
EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom, front left, and Vietnamese Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh, front right, stand together as they exchange documents aftering signing a free trade agreement in Hanoi, June 30, 2019.
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After a Parisian court convicted the vice president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodorin Nguema Obiang, of laundering more than €150 million in France two years ago and authorities seized those assets, the French government faced a decision:…
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As Vietnam’s largest bilateral donor, Japan is in a unique position to raise human rights issues

For Vietnamese activist Nguyen Chi Tuyen, it was supposed to be just another day in Hanoi. In the morning, he dropped off his son at elementary school and was driving his motorbike home when a group of men surrounded his bike. Nguyen, known as Anh Chi,…
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, January 16, 2017.
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I will follow you all the way to your doorstep and beat you right there.… I can use violence against you. –Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen publicly threatening violence against any protesters in Australia who burn…
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends a counterterrorism drill demonstration by Australian and Philippine soldiers on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN summit in Quezon City, Philippines, November 13, 2017.
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Oil-rich Angola and Equatorial Guinea have long shared the infamous distinction of having the longest-serving presidents in Africa – 38 years. That will change this week when Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos is scheduled to hand over…
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As the U.S. withdraws from its role leading the fight against corruption, this trial in Paris shows a way forward.

For the past three weeks, in a crowded and sweltering Paris courtroom, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea has been on trial over allegations that he laundered tens of millions of dollars in France. Prosecutors allege that Teodoro Nguema Obiang…
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As the Obiang trial opens Monday in Paris, the researcher Sarah Saadoun calls on President Macron to go further in the fight against money laundering

This Monday, June 19, after a decade of litigation, the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president will be tried in the Tribunal Correctionnel de Paris for allegedly laundering tens of millions of euros. According to public authorities, this money was largely…
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Donald Trump May Not Care About Human Rights in Vietnam, but the US Congress Does

​Vietnam’s prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is visiting Washington on May 31 and meeting with President Trump, the latest of a growing list of autocrats Trump has hosted, visited, or praised on the telephone. After Trump’s glowing…
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The African Union's (AU) discussions about poverty have never focused on Equatorial Guinea, a small but oil-rich country boasting the highest per capita income on the continent. But with its foreign minister, Agapito Mba Mokuy, seeking the African Union…
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While it’s still anyone’s guess who will win November’s presidential election in the United States, I can tell you with certainty — before a ballot is cast — who will win this year’s election in Vietnam. It will be Gen. Tran Dai Quang. I even know who the…
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When US President Barack Obama first articulated his administration’s goal of a diplomatic rebalance to Asia, he outlined three areas in which the US government would focus its attentions: increased strategic and military ties, better…
U.S. President Barack Obama passes in front of ASEAN members flags as he arrives for the Plenary session of the 21st ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and East Asia summits in Phnom Penh
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This week President Obama will host the head of the Vietnam Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, at the White House. The meeting is a curious event—partly because Trong is not a head of state but instead the leader of Vietnam’s constitutionally-mandated…
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To hear the Obama Administration tell it, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a win-win and cure-all. It will create jobs in the U.S., improve labor and environmental protections, improve business transparency internationally, and help consummate a…
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Which is worse, being thrown in jail or getting beaten up? This is a question activists in Vietnam were pondering on International Human Rights Day this month. The government of Vietnam has been sending people to prison for dissent for more…
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The bold activists around the world who stand up to corporate and government economic interests frequently face a harsh backlash. Individuals and communities are threatened, and activists may be arrested or killed with impunity in retaliation for speaking…
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The US Justice Department’s $30 million settlement deal with the eldest son of Equatorial Guinea’s president, announced on October 10, marks the end of a decade-long US effort to pursue Teodoro (“Teodorín”) Nguema Obiang Mangue for corruption and money-…