Vietnam - Overview

Fundamental rights are severely curtailed in Vietnam, where the Communist Party of Vietnam exercises broad control of public freedoms. Independent associations are discouraged through significant legal and administrative barriers, and the state exerts power over the activities of civil society groups. Assemblies, including meetings, relating to sensitive topics are restricted through a requirement for prior authorisation, and through harassment, use of excessive force and detention of organisers and participants. Those expressing critical opinions on sensitive topics are similarly targeted. Media outlets are heavily censored, and dissenting journalists and bloggers are routinely arrested and imprisoned under vague criminal laws.