Vietnam

Vietnamese activists face tax evasion charges, movement restrictions and increasing censorship

In recent months, civil society has documented the use of tax evasion laws to target activists, in particular those involved in a network of NGOs to monitor the implementation of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). New reports highlight the restrictions on movement for activists as well as increased arrests of media workers and environmental activists. The Vietnamese government plans to adopt new regulations to tighten control over social media platforms, while journalists have been arrested and convicted for exposing abuses or for criticism of the state. Police have also failed to prevent plainclothes thugs from attacking land rights protesters.
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Vietnamese activists face tax evasion charges, movement restrictions and increasing censorship

Repression persists as Vietnam jails human rights defender Pham Doan Trang and other activists

Since October 2021, the authorities have convicted sentenced human rights defender and journalist Pham Doan Trang to nine years’ imprisonment as well as five journalists of the now-shuttered Báo Sạch (Clean Newspaper). A number of individuals have been arrested and convicted for exercising their freedom of expression online while Facebook was accused of removing “anti-state” posts. Others arrested or jailed include political and land rights activists. Read more

Repression persists as Vietnam jails human rights defender Pham Doan Trang and other activists

Crackdown on online critics persists in Vietnam as new decree controlling livestreaming proposed

In recent months, online critics have been arrested, charged under Article 117 of the 2015 Penal Code and convicted for posting articles critical of the state. Human rights defender and journalist Pham Doan Trang was formally indicted in September 2021 as well as five journalists from the Báo Sạch (Clean Newspaper). The government is looking to tighten control over social media livestreams with a new decree. Read more

Crackdown on online critics persists in Vietnam as new decree controlling livestreaming proposed

Persecution of activists and journalists continues following rubber stamp elections in Vietnam

In recent months, the authorities have arrested a prominent human rights defender Nguyen Thuy Hanh who raised funds for the families of jailed prisoners of conscience, a book distributor Nguyen Bao Tien and a Khmer Krom activist. Land rights activist Can Thi Theu and her son have been sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment. Journalists have continued to be targeted by the authorities including Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu who has been jailed for eight years. Individuals have also been criminalised in recent months for their social media posts. Read more

Persecution of activists and journalists continues following rubber stamp elections in Vietnam

Activists face repression around and following the Vietnam Communist Party congress

In the last few months, the authorities have arrested and prosecuted activists and journalists for online comments critical of the government, with some given long jail sentences. Activists have also held hunger strikes in prison protesting against prison conditions or their convictions. There has also been a report that a group with ties to the Vietnamese government has been involved in hacking attacks targeting activists and an NGO. Read more

Activists face repression around and following the Vietnam Communist Party congress

UN experts raise concerns about violations in Vietnam as NGOs document unfair trials and torture

Human rights defenders, activists and critics continue to be targeted in Vietnam where civic space is rated ‘closed’ by the CIVICUS Monitor. In recent months, UN experts have raised concerns about the detention of journalists affiliated with the Independent Journalists Association of Viet Nam (IJAVN) and acts of harassment against the Liberal Publishing House (LPH), its members and readers.
The one-party regime has introduced a new decree to tighten control over the press, while The 88 Project has documented torture and inhumane treatment of political prisoners in a new report. Further, human rights groups raised serious unfair trial concerns and allegations of torture in the Dong Tam trial which has led to convictions.
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UN experts raise concerns about violations in Vietnam as NGOs document unfair trials and torture

Repression of Liberal Publishing House, journalists and online critics escalates in Vietnam

Ahead of the ruling Communist Party national congress in early 2021, the crackdown on critics has escalated. A targeted campaign against dozens of individuals connected with the Liberal Publishing House has persisted. Members of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN) - the last independent journalist organisation in the country - have also been arrested and prosecuted. Online government critics are also being pursued while Facebook has been accused of being complicit in the censorship of critical posts. Human rights defenders have also been arrested and convicted. Read more

Repression of Liberal Publishing House, journalists and online critics escalates in Vietnam

Online debate on Dong Tam incident followed by pandemic silenced by Vietnam authorities

Since January 2020, the Vietnam government has attempted to silence any online debate or criticism of the government’s handling of a land dispute in Dong Tam that left four people dead. The authorities have also convicted well-known journalist and blogger Truong Duy Nhat to ten years in prison and have been seeking to block the dissemination of information online around the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is also modelling China and forcing activists and political prisoners to undergo public confessions on television. Read more

Online debate on Dong Tam incident followed by pandemic silenced by Vietnam authorities

Alarming number of activists being jailed in Vietnam for ‘anti-state’ Facebook posts

Over the last few months, activists, journalists and academics have been either arrested or jailed for their postings on Facebook critical of the regime. Many have faced politically motivated charges under Article 117 of the 2015 Penal Code for “making, storing, spreading or propagating information, materials or items for the purpose of opposing the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”. There is also concern about intimidation and harassment of a publishing house, the removal of anti-government postings by Facebook and the use of terrorism charges against political activists. Read more

Alarming number of activists being jailed in Vietnam for ‘anti-state’ Facebook posts

EU signs trade deal with Vietnam despite ongoing suppression of civic freedoms

Despite criticism from civil society, on 30th June 2019, the European Union and Vietnam on signed a free trade deal . In the last few months, civil society has documented arrests and prosecution of individuals for their peaceful expression in Vietnam, the disappearance of activists and long sentences handed down to protesters. Read more

EU signs trade deal with Vietnam despite ongoing suppression of civic freedoms