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As National Congress Approaches, Vietnam Begins Trial of Dissident Journalists

Jitters are setting in as the Vietnamese Communist Party prepares for the country’s paramount political event.   By Sebastian Strangio of the Diplomat   In the year leading up to the Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP)’s quinquennial national congresses, it has long been common for the government to tighten up on dissidents as it seeks to forestall …

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EU adopts a global human rights sanctions regime

By European Council The Council today adopted a decision and a regulation establishing a global human rights sanctions regime. For the first time, the EU is equipping itself with a framework that will allow it to target individuals, entities and bodies – including state and non-state actors – responsible for, involved in or associated with …

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Japan: End Aid to Vietnam’s Police

By Human Rights Watch Vietnamese Public Security Ministry a Major Rights Violator Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, shakes hands with Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc after the exchange of documents at the Government Office in Hanoi on Monday, October 19, 2020.  © 2020 Nhac Nguyen/Pool Photo via AP (Tokyo) – The Japanese government should …

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Vietnam detains activist hours after human rights meeting with U.S.

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has arrested a prominent blogger and dissident for “anti-state activities” hours after its government held annual talks on human rights with the United States, which said it was concerned about freedom of expression. Pham Doan Trang, a writer who has published widely on human rights and alleged police brutality, was arrested …

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Viet Nam: Human rights champion arrested, at grave risk of torture

Responding to the arrest of Pham Doan Trang, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, Ming Yu Hah, said: “The arrest of Pham Doan Trang is reprehensible. She is a leading figure in the struggle for human rights in Viet Nam. She has inspired countless young activists to speak up for a more just, inclusive, …

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Vietnam: Crackdown on Peaceful Dissent Intensifies

Human Rights Watch New Wave of Arrests Ahead of the 13th Party Congress Click to expand Image Top row: Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy, Le Huu Minh Tuan. Bottom row: Pham Chi Thanh, Tran Duc Thach, Dinh Thi Thu Thuy. © Private (New York) – The Vietnamese government is intensifying a crackdown on human rights activists and dissidents …

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