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Family Members Face Trial for Criticizing Government

(New York) – The Vietnamese authorities should immediately release the democracy campaigner Can Thi Theu and her two sons and drop all charges against them, Human Rights Watch said today. Can Thi Theu and her younger son, Trinh Ba Tu, face trial on…
Trịnh Bá Tư and Cấn Thị Thêu 
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Dissidents Sent to Prison Amid Preparations for Key Political Event

(Bangkok) – The Vietnamese government’s crackdown on dissidents has been unrelenting prior to the major Communist Party Congress set to begin on January 25, 2021, Human Rights Watch said today. During this 13th Party Congress, meetings held every five…
Photo released by the Vietnam News Agency on January 5, 2021 shows Vietnamese bloggers Pham Chi Dung (right), Nguyen Tuong Thuy (front left), and Le Huu Minh Tuan (back left) during their trial in Ho Chi Minh city.
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Numerous New Arrests in Lead-up to Party Congress

(New York, January 13, 2021) – Vietnamese authorities increased restrictions on basic political and civil rights in 2020, especially freedom of expression and association, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2021. The tightening of…
Vietnamese Political Detainees: Pham Doan Trang; Can Thi Theu and her sons Trinh Ba Phuong and Trinh Ba Tu; Dinh Thi Thu Thuy; Pham Chi Dung; Nguyen Tuong Thuy; Le Huu Minh Tuan; Tran Duc Thach
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Vietnamese Public Security Ministry a Major Rights Violator

(Tokyo) – The Japanese government should immediately cancel plans to provide financial assistance to Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security, which has long been responsible for serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today. On…
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, shakes hands with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc after the exchange of documents at the Government Office in Hanoi on Monday, October 19, 2020. 
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Prime Minister Suga Should Use Favorable Position to Advocate Reforms

(Tokyo) – Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, should press the governments of Vietnam and Indonesia to improve their deteriorating human rights records during his visit to the two countries, Human Rights Watch said today. Suga will visit…
Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
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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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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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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
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Pro-Democracy Campaigner Persecuted for Advocating Pluralism

(New York) – Vietnam should drop all charges against the pro-democracy activist Nguyen Viet Dung and release him immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. The police arrested him in September 2017 and charged him with conducting…
Nguyen Viet Dung holding a sign saying he boycotted Vietnam’s national election in May 2016. The sign says, “To vote is a right, not a duty. No knowledge [of the party-nominated candidates] – No vote.” ©Nguyen Viet Dung 2016
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Intensive Crackdown on Rights Campaigners

(New York) – Vietnam should drop charges of violating probation against the veteran human rights activist Nguyen Van Oai and allow him to go home, Human Rights Watch said today. The People’s Court of Nghe An province will hear his appeal on…
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