March 20, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Hanoi Supreme People's Court in Vietnam on Wednesday sentenced blogger Oham Viet Dao to 15 months in prison for posting articles criticizing the government. Dao's sentence follows that of popular blogger Truong Duy Nhat, who was sentenced to two years in prison on the same charges a few days ...[read more]
March 3, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Five veterans of the Vietnam War filed a class action lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut accusing the military of failing to upgrade the discharges of veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The complaint, which names the US Army, Navy ...[read more]
February 18, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Supreme People's Court of Vietnam on Tuesday upheld the conviction of US-trained lawyer Le Quoc Quan, a known anti-government activist. The appeal was heard over a half-day trial with the court stating that they had found no new evidence and that the sentence of 30 months in jail, handed down ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The Philippines and Vietnam on Friday issued statements condemning a new Chinese law that will require foreign fisherman to obtain approval from China before fishing in large portions of the South China Sea. Both nations expressed anger over the law, claiming that it unnecessarily complicates ...[read more]
December 16, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Hanoi Supreme People's Court on Monday sentenced two top executives to death for "taking bribes." Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), and former general director Mai Van Phuc were convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to death, while eight ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday elected 14 countries to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, ...[read more]
November 7, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
Vietnamese authorities are using repressive laws, unfair trials and harsh prison conditions against activists who oppose the ruling Communist government, according to a report released Thursday by Amnesty International (AI). The report claims that those arrested include bloggers, labor and land ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The US War on Drugs started in earnest during the 1970's. The US Congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act in 1970, following the spread of recreational drug use during the 1960's and of drug addictions of US soldiers serving in the Vietnam War. Particularly troubled ...[read more]
October 29, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Dinh Nhat Uy on Tuesday received a sentence of 15 months of house arrest from a Vietnamese court for abusing his freedom after he campaigned online via Facebook to release his brother, who was convicted and jailed in May for criticizing the government policies on land ownership, religion and ...[read more]
October 23, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the National Assembly of Vietnam to bring the country's constitution in line with international human rights standards in a letter sent Monday to Assembly chairman, Nguyen Sinh Hung. The National Assembly, Vietnam's legislative body, opened a draft constitution to ...[read more]

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