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Twenty Held After Mass Protest. Mass Security Clampdown in Land Seizure. Several thousand security personnel in Vietnam move to take control of disputed land from protesting villagers.

Mass Security Clampdown in Land Seizure

In one of the biggest land confrontations in Vietnam, about 2,000 Vietnamese villagers hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails on Tuesday at a larger group of armed security forces moving to seize their land in the outskirts of the capital Hanoi, witnesses said. Backed by bulldozers, cranes, and excavators, more than 3,000 police and military personnel and unidentified men not in uniform moved in at the break of dawn to occupy 70 hectares (173 acres) of land in the district of Van Giang just east of Hanoi. In the seven-hour siege, police fired warning shots to keep the people at bay while the farmers resisted the occupation by throwing bricks, glass bottles, stones, and Molotov cocktails, the witnesses said. Map showing the district where the land siege occurred April 24, 2012. Local authorities want to take back the land for use in a satellite city development.

Australia: Urge Human Rights Improvements in Vietnam. (New York) – Australia should urge Vietnam to release all political prisoners and to end restrictions on the freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly, belief, and religion when the two sides meet for their annual bilateral human rights dialogue in Hanoi on April 26-27, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today in a 16-page memo submitted to Australia.

Australia: Urge Human Rights Improvements in Vietnam

During the first quarter of 2012 alone, Vietnam sent at least 12 people to prison for exercising these rights peacefully. This follows the imprisonment of at least 33 rights activists and internet bloggers who were convicted in 2011 for simply expressing their political and religious beliefs. “Vietnam has mastered the practice of harassing, arresting, and charging activists brave enough to speak their minds with vaguely worded national security crimes that carry severe penalties,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

Tatn: Wow #VietNam sprayed sewag... Tường thuật cuộc biểu tình chống Trung Quốc lần thứ 9, ngày 7-8-2011. Fears of crackdown as Vietnam PM set for new term. Vietnam: Chinese soldiers attack fishermen. HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Armed Chinese soldiers allegedly beat a Vietnamese fisherman and threatened other crew members before driving them out of waters near disputed South China Sea islands claimed by both countries, a Vietnamese official said Thursday.A Chinese navy ship chased the fishermen before dispatching a speedboat with 10 soldiers armed with automatic rifles and batons, a border official in Vietnam's central Quang Ngai province said on condition of anonymity, citing policy.

Vietnam: Chinese soldiers attack fishermen

The soldiers boarded the fishing boat near the contested Paracel Islands.The soldiers punched and kicked the Vietnamese captain and threatened nine other crew members in the July 5 incident, he said, adding the captain was not injured.The Vietnamese official said the Chinese soldiers confiscated one ton of fish from the boat and drove it from the area. Disputed South China Sea islands. BBC Vietnamese staff rebelling against the Vietnamese government ? « NamViet News.

Hmongs in Laos begged to be rescued by the Western world Ever since BBC Vietnamese has its “change of the guard” – replacing pre-1975 staff with younger staff that came from Vietnam after the war ended on April 30, 1975 – I have been following its news reporting with skepticism.

BBC Vietnamese staff rebelling against the Vietnamese government ? « NamViet News

True to my doubts about its news reportage being used as the Vietnamese government unofficial channel to the Western world, the new BBC Vietnamese staff has dutifully used BBC’s reputation (un-biased reporting) to further the Vietnamese (communist) government’s aim in its ‘winning the hearts and minds’ campaign against the so-called Viet-Kieus – a deragotary term the communists used for Vietnamese living abroad. When push comes to shove, BBC Vietnamese only reports the Vietnamese-government-sanctioned version of the events. Many cases have been maliciously reported in the attempt to smear the accuseds’ reputation. IMG_0903.JPG (JPEG Image, 800x600 pixels) - Scaled (87.

Btsg.JPG (JPEG Image, 800x600 pixels) - Scaled (87. This rare public protest, at Lenin park, was tolerated for ab. Bt1.jpg (JPEG Image, 640x480 pixels) MOV0020A.avi. Tuyet N. T.: Socialist Repub of #VietNa... Gia đình BS Phạm Hồng Sơn và LS Lê Quốc Quân kêu cứu. Viet Nam: Open letter: Conviction of Mr. Cu Huy Ha Vu / April 7, 2011 / Statements / Human rights defenders / OMCT. OPEN LETTER to HE Nguyen Minh TRIET President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam HE Nguyen Tan DUNG Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

Viet Nam: Open letter: Conviction of Mr. Cu Huy Ha Vu / April 7, 2011 / Statements / Human rights defenders / OMCT

Vietnamese rights lawyer jailed over call for democracy. A dissident lawyer and son of a Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader has been sentenced to seven years in prison and a further three years' house arrest for calling for an end to Vietnam's government and its one-party system.

Vietnamese rights lawyer jailed over call for democracy

Cu Huy Ha Vu was sentenced after a dramatic one-day trial in Hanoi in which one of his defence attorneys was ejected by the judge and his other three lawyers walk out in protest. Vu was left alone to defend himself and had several heated exchanges with the judge. The court convicted him of conducting propaganda against the state for calling for a multiparty government system, demanding the abolition of the Community party's leadership, defaming the state and distorting Vietnam's struggle for independence by calling the country's war against the US a civil war.

Vietnam does not tolerate any challenge to its one-party rule. "I did not commit the crime of spreading propaganda against the state," Vu told the court. Vietnamesischer Regimekritiker verurteilt: Sieben Jahre Haft für Anwalt. NYT_JenPreston Video 4/4 #VietNam that @NYT's piece mentioned. Supporters of Dr.Cu Huy Ha Vu gathe. Vietnam: Conviction of Activist Cu Huy Ha Vu.

The United States is deeply concerned by the April 4 conviction and sentencing to seven years imprisonment of activist Cu Huy Ha Vu on charges of “propagandizing against the government.”

Vietnam: Conviction of Activist Cu Huy Ha Vu

We are also troubled by the apparent lack of due process in the conduct of the trial, and the continued detention of several individuals who were peacefully seeking to observe the proceedings. Vu’s conviction runs counter to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and raises serious questions about Vietnam’s commitment to rule of law and reform. No individual should be imprisoned for exercising the right to free speech. Southeast Asia news and business from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Not a prayer for US-Vietnam diplomacyBy Scott Johnson While much has been made of the role leaked confidential United States diplomatic cables have played in the political convulsions now sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, there is at least one batch of documents that show how US President Barack Obama's government has willfully looked away from sustained abuses committed by an emerging strategic ally in Asia: Vietnam.

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The cables in question, entitled "Vietnam Religious Freedom Update - the Case Against CPC [Country of Particular Concern]", were written in 2010 by US ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak and published by WikiLeaks in January this year. The leaked correspondence which assessed Vietnam's freedom of religion situation blatantly failed to mention the hundreds of Christian Montagnards, or Degar people, currently imprisoned for practicing their religion and the sustained persecution of independent house churches. (Copyright 2011 Asia Times Online (Holdings) Ltd. News and views on emerging markets from the Financial Times. The emerging markets hub News and comment from more than 40 emerging economies, headed by Brazil, Russia, India and China.

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Sign up for our morning news, opinion and markets data round up from the FT and around the web. We have two emails per day - London and New York morning espresso (sent at approx 6am and 11am GMT). Pretty much everything you need to know about beyondbrics is in our About this site page. Tiến sĩ luật Cù Huy Hà Vũ sẽ ra tòa vào thứ Hai. Vietnam: Release Prominent Legal Activist. (Bangkok) - Vietnam should immediately release the human rights and environmental defender Cu Huy Ha Vu, Human Rights Watch said today.

Vietnam: Release Prominent Legal Activist

Dr. Vu was arrested on November 5, 2010, and is being prosecuted under article 88 of the penal code for "propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. " His trial is scheduled to start on April 4, 2011, at the People's Court of Hanoi. Wide Support for Cu Huy Ha Vu’s Case in Vietnam. Thượng nghị sĩ Mỹ: VN đừng đưa Linh mục Nguyễn Văn L‎ý trở vào tù lại. Vietnam releases prominent dissident on bail. HANOI, Vietnam -- A well-known Vietnamese pro-democracy dissident has been released on bail after calling for a revolution inspired by protests in the Middle East, state-controlled media reported Tuesday. Dr. Nguyen Dan Que was released on bail Sunday evening, a day after he was detained for allegedly attempting to overthrow Vietnam's Communist government, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

The newspaper quoted an unidentified Ho Chi Minh City police investigator as saying Que, 69, was released to his family because of his poor health and his cooperation with police. Que, however, will be summoned for questioning when requested by the investigation agency, the report said. Vietnamese Struggle for a Place in Poland. WARSAW, Feb 28, 2011 (IPS) - Thuan has had little luck. In his youth he joined the "boat people" fleeing Vietnam to Indonesia. Deported back after six years, carrying the stigma of an anti-communist, he could not find a job. Christian News Agency » Blog Archive » Vietnam To Jail Frail Catholic Priest; Dissident Detained. >Priest Ngyen Van Ly to be detained by mid March >Dissident Protesting The Case Already Arrested >International Concerns Over Priest's Health By BosNewsLife Asia Service Ngyen Van Ly was forbidden to speak at a recent trial.

HANOI, VIETNAM (BosNewsLife)-- A Vietnamese Catholic priest known for publicly expressing views on democracy and human rights faced a difficult month Tuesday, March 1, as he was due to be imprisoned again on charges of spreading "propaganda" against the state", despite international concerns over his health. Vietnam Detains Dissident for Uprising Call. Why does Vietnam fear a nonviolent, 69-year-old physician? IT'S NOT EVERY day that a Washington Post op-ed has its truth proven within a few hours of publication, but author Nguyen Dan Que had that dubious satisfaction on Saturday. In Saturday's Post, Dr. Nguyen, a noted Vietnamese democracy advocate, wrote, "While the world's attention is riveted on the Middle East, democracy continues to struggle to take root in other regions.

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