Human Rights News: Việt Nam & Diaspora – May 14, 2018

Human rights news relating to Vietnamese in Việt Nam and in the diaspora.

The 88 Project

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 19/2018 – Week of May 7-13

” . . . blogger Bui Hieu Vo was sentenced to four and a half years in prison under Article 88 (‘propaganda against the state’) for Facebook posts deemed to have ‘distorted the political situation’ and ‘incited public disorder . . . ‘”

Activist Bui Hieu Vo

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 18/2018 – Week of April 30-May 6

” . . . pro-democracy activist Tran Anh Kim is in failing health in prison. He is serving a thirteen-year sentence for his peaceful activities . . . ”

Tran Anh Kim & Le Thanh Tung

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 17/2018 – Week of April 22-29

“. . . Environmental activist Hoang Duc Binh‘s appeal of his 14-year sentence was denied . . . The appeal trial has been criticized for its brevity and the lack of evidence . . . [Binh had] covered news on the environmental disaster caused by Formosa . . . ”

Nguyen Nam and Hoang Duc Binh

Radio Free Asia

Vietnamese Catholics Petition Police Over ‘Cover Up’ For Officials Who Ordered Attack

“Catholic parishioners . . . have petitioned provincial police to take action against local officials they say ordered thugs to beat them as they tried to make improvements on disputed land . . . ”

Government thugs attacking Catholics

Vietnamese Students, Parents Protest ‘Illegal’ School Fees in Nghe An

“Around 300 schoolchildren and their parents marched . . . to protest what they called the collection of illegal school fees in north-central Vietnam . . . ”

Students protesting

Hundreds of Villagers Hold Officials Hostage Over Vietnam Power Plant Plans

“Hundreds of villagers . . . held five local officials hostage for a day before releasing them late on Friday to demand that authorities free more than a dozen people detained for holding an environmental protest . . . ”

Police blocks protesters

Criticized by Activists, Facebook Denies Favoring Vietnam Government in Content Policies

“Facebook rebutted criticism from Vietnamese activists and journalists that the social media giant favored Hanoi’s communist government in its content removal practices . . .”

Facebook denies favoring Hanoi


Vietnam jails Catholic social activist for 9 years

“. . . [Teresa Tran Thi Xuan]’s sentence was harsh and that she was being punished for helping elderly and poor people and opposing a social injustice created by the authorities . . .”

Activist Teresa Tran Thi Xuan


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