Human rights activist Nguyễn Văn Oai is on trial again, after having previously served four years in prison on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. Oai became a father while in prison awaiting trial. His wife Hồ Thị Linh Châu posted a letter to him on her Facebook page, just before he was originally due to appear in court.
Vietnamese authorities have sentenced yet another social activist to a lengthy prison term, continuing a spate of heavy-handed punishments against dissent. In a one-day trial, the People’s Court in Hà Nam province sentenced Trần Thị Nga to nine years in prison and five years of house arrest for “conducting propaganda against the State.”
[VIDEO] Video journalist Nguyên Văn Hoá captured drone footage of protests against the Formosa steel plant in Hà Tĩnh, Việt Nam, the company at the source of a massive fish kill in 2016. He is now charged with conducting propaganda against the state.
(Vietnamese original) Một giáo sư Việt Nam bị cấm giảng dạy, và một chút bản sắc Việt Nam cuối cùng cũng bị tước mất: quốc tịch Việt Nam của ông. Nhà bất đồng chính kiến Phạm Minh Hoàng năm nay 62 tuổi, là một người viết blog về nhân quyền, công lý, xã hội và nạn tham nhũng tại Việt Nam. Ông đã trò chuyện từ Sài Gòn với phóng viên của Loa, Lilly Nguyễn.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc is visiting the United States this week to meet with Donald Trump. Hà Nội wants to show that its human rights records has progressed and it is eager to deepen its ties with America. But what are its real motives and ambitions for this visit? And what should America know about Việt Nam's human rights situation before making any decisions?
Reporter Trần Minh Nhật gives his outlook on the current news.
Thousands of Vietnamese took to beaches and boats in various towns in central Việt Nam and to social media last week to protest against a Taiwanese-owned steel plant, one year after its toxic spill caused a massive fish kill and left lingering damage.
[VIDEO] To wrap up our time at the Internet Freedom Festival, we speak to Jonathan McCully of the Media Legal Defence Initiative and Mong Palatino of Global Voices on the support systems (both media and legal) available to activists in Việt Nam and around the world.
[VIDEO] We've got the lowdown on the first ever Việt Nam Cyber Dialogue, a gathering of Vietnamese activists, tech companies, journalists, and international rights organizations. We speak to Ella Gancarz of The 88 Projec and our very own editor & VCD organizer Trinh Nguyễn for the recap. VCD kicked off the Internet Freedom Festival 201, a gathering of communities fighting online censorship and surveillance.