Vietnam

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

Chilling attacks on freedom of expression ahead of APEC

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, the draconian use of the penal code to crackdown on human rights defenders in Vietnam remains an issue of serious concern. In a recent statement, local CSO, Defend the Defenders drew attention to the alarming number of arrests of Vietnamese HRDs and bloggers in recent months. Read more

Chilling attacks on freedom of expression ahead of APEC

Proposed legislation threatens existence of independent CSOs in Vietnam

Proposed legislation seeks to intensify an already overbearing legal framework governing freedom of association in Vietnam. Read more

Proposed legislation threatens existence of independent CSOs in Vietnam

Intolerance of civil society in Vietnam: An interview with Penelope Faulkner from VCHR

Vice-President of the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR), Penelope Faulkner, speaks to CIVICUS about the current challenges faced by civil society in Vietnam and the role of international solidarity networks in supporting the creation of a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders. Read more