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Vietnam: Series of attacks on political activists, human rights defenders and their relatives must be investigated

Three recent attacks on people who have been deliberately knocked off their motorbikes appear to be part of a wider series of attacks against political activists, human rights defenders and their relatives. Amnesty International urges the Viet Nam authorities to immediately and impartially investigate these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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Living In A Dark Tunnel — Torture And Other Ill-Treatment Of Vietnamese Prisoners Of Conscience

“Life in prison is hard. I fell into despair. I was in this situation because I was trying to be a good citizen, to help people out according to the law [...] But I was arrested and put in prison. I felt like I was in a dark tunnel with no way out.”

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Inside Viet Nam's secretive and torturous world of 'prisons within prisons'

A new report published by Amnesty International today casts a rare light on the torture and other harrowing treatment of prisoners of conscience locked up in Viet Nam’s secretive network of prisons and detention centres.

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International Court Ruling on China, Philippines Dispute Could Be Vital

An international tribunal will issue a ruling on Tuesday (July 12) on a territorial dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. Though the decision will not determine sovereignty of the territory in question, it could have wide-ranging implications for China's sweeping claims in one of the world's most important and bitterly contested waterways.

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Wife of Vietnamese Arrested Prominent Dissident Detained after Foreign Trip

Vietnam’s security forces on July 6 reportedly detained Vu Minh Khanh, the wife of arrested human rights lawyer and political dissident Nguyen Van Dai, when she returned from abroad where she sought international support for his release, local activists have said.

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Beijing Takes Its South China Sea PR Campaign to Washington

Dai Bingguo, former Chinese state councilor, said the tribunal’s ruling on the South China Sea dispute, scheduled to be released next Tuesday, “amounts to nothing more than a piece of paper.”

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Vietnamese Activists, Bloggers Decry Lack of Government Transparency Over Mass Fish Kill

Vietnamese activists and bloggers have expressed doubts that the government will be fully transparent about the results of its investigation of mass fish deaths that began three months ago along the country’s central coastal provinces, when officials publicly disclose their findings on Thursday.

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Vietnam Threatens to Impose More Severe Measures to Prevent Public Demonstrations

Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security will apply more severe measures to prevent spontaneous demonstrations to ensure the country’s political stability amid rising social dissatisfaction, said Minister Senior Lieutenant General To Lam.

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Vietnamese-Americans Urge U.S. to Step Up Inspections of Fish Imports From Vietnam

While the Vietnam government drags it feet on addressing an environmental disaster in which tens of thousands of dead fish washed ashore in the country’s central coastal provinces, other actors are taking steps to limit the damage.

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Human Rights in Vietnam after Obama's Visit

President Barack Obama's three day visit left a lasting and significant impact on the future of Vietnam.

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President Barack Obama’s Visit to Vietnam: a New Era in U.S.-Vietnam Relations

The CSIS Southeast Asia Program is pleased to host a discussion with The Hon. Ted Osius, U.S. ambassador to Vietnam. He will discuss President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Vietnam, the deepening of bilateral relations, and Vietnam’s role in the region.

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Vietnamese Activist Father Ly Released

Washington, D.C. – Freedom Now is pleased to announce the release of democracy activist Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly from prison after nine years of wrongful imprisonment.

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Lifting Vietnam Arms Embargo 'Largely Symbolic'

The recent abolition of a long-standing arms embargo on Vietnam is a "largely a symbolic one," Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski told VOA in an exclusive interview Friday.

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In Vietnam, Obama Seen Putting Strategic Concerns Over Human Rights

Human rights advocates criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to lift the U.S. arms embargo of Vietnam, saying the decision announced on Monday does little to curb Hanoi’s abuses and gives away Washington’s leverage with that communist government in the future.

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In Vietnam, Obama Offers a Critique on Human Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama isn’t giving up on the human rights agenda in Vietnam, but it’s unclear if his visit will have any impact on the Southeast Asian country whose dismal record includes an estimated 100 or more political prisoners.

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Moving on in Vietnam, but Remembering Its Lessons

As President Obama visits Vietnam, we are struck by the fact that most citizens of both countries have no living memory of a conflict that claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and upward of a million Vietnamese.

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In historic move, U.S. lifts embargo on arms sales to Vietnam

HANOI — The Obama administration announced Monday that the United States would fully lift a longstanding U.S. embargo on lethal arms sales to Vietnam, a decision that reflects growing concerns about China’s military clout and illustrates the warming bilateral ties between the former enemy nations.

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Vietnam: From enemy to partner

(CNN) - Traveling to Vietnam with Sen. John McCain a few years ago, it was clear to me just how far the relationship between two former enemies had come.

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Letter to President on Dead Fish & Visiting Prisoners of Conscience

May 19, 2016
President Barack Obama The White House
1600 Pennsylvania  Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

We write to bring pressing issues regarding health, environmental,  and human rights concerns for your upcoming trip to Vietnam to your attention. We understand  that you have received

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China's Fishing Ban Adds an Entanglement for Vietnam in the South China Sea

eijing injected an extra irritant into its long-running dispute with its neighbors with the South China Sea as it announced its annual ban on fishing in the area and vowed to stop vessels that drop a line into the contested waters.