Vietnam

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Despite the scrutiny at the UN and by the EU, the persecution of activists has continued over the last few months. Some have been jailed for their peaceful expression while others have been intimidated and harassed. Further, the draconian cyber security law came into force in January 2019. Read more

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Ahead of the review of Vietnam's implementation of the Anti-Torture Convention In November 2018, civil society organisations submitted a report on police brutality and torture against citizens including activists Read more

Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review


Police detain and beat protestors demonstrating against new laws

Dozens of protesters were detained and beaten in custody after mass demonstrations in Vietnam against two bills on Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Cyber Security Read more

Police detain and beat protestors demonstrating against new laws

Protests against toxic spill continue despite persecution of environmental activists

Protests related to the April 2016 toxic spill by Formosa, a Taiwanese steel corporation persisted despite the arrest, imprisonment and use of excessive force against protesters and activists. Government critics continue be accused of vaguely defined national security crimes and are arbitrarily transferred to prisons far from their families. Read more

Protests against toxic spill continue despite persecution of environmental activists

Activists detained and prosecuted in Vietnam

Activists in Vietnam are facing a sustained crackdown with at least 165 prisoners of conscience currently in jail. In the last two months, 3 prominent activists were detained after a meeting with EU delegates while the courts continue to be used to prosecute journalist and bloggers for their peaceful expression. Read more

Activists detained and prosecuted in Vietnam

Expression

Private ownership or management of media outlets is prohibited, with the government and ruling party exercising undue legal control over all print, broadcast, and electronic media. Read more


Peaceful Assembly

The right to freedom of peaceful assembly, while protected by the constitution, is unduly limited by law and in practice. Read more


Association

Freedom of association is strictly controlled in Vietnam. Independent organizations outside the scope of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (an umbrella group that oversees the country’s government-sponsored social organizations) are prohibited... Read more


Vietnam - Overview

Fundamental rights are severely curtailed in Vietnam, where the Communist Party of Vietnam exercises broad control of public freedoms. Read more