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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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Cambodian Activist Gunned Down in Phnom Penh

PHNOM PENH — Prominent Cambodian political activist and commentator Kem Ley was shot dead in broad daylight while sitting in a coffee shop at a gas station in Phnom Penh Sunday.
 

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Diplomacy and the South China Sea

Some diplomatic innovation may be the best chance to manage disputes and forestall conflict.
August 17, 2015

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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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Brexit Will Fundamentally Change The Future Of Europe

Some 33 million people in the U.K. voted in Thursday’s referendum, but their votes will affect the lives of over 500 million people living throughout the European Union.

The 52 percent to 48 percent victory of the British campaign to leave the EU is a historic moment not only for the country, but also for the EU’s 27 other member states.

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Lao Court Says Family of Jailed Polish Activist Failed to File Appeal in Time

The family of a Polish citizen of Lao heritage jailed in Laos for criticizing the government has failed to file a court appeal before a deadline requesting that he be pardoned, an official from the Lao People’s Supreme Court in the capital Vientiane said Wednesday.

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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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“INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION MECHANISMS” - TRAINING COURSE

Deadline for application: 1 august 2016

THE TRAINING

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Lao Government Appoints Committee to Enforce Timber Export Ban

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith this week appointed an ad hoc committee to enforce a nationwide ban on illegal logging within 60 days and block and prevent timber from leaving the country after some provinces were found to have violated a logging ban.

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Junta Leader Assures Thailand 'Will Return to Democracy'

SINGAPORE— The head of Thailand’s military-dominated junta, Prayuth Chan-ocha has defended seizing power two years ago to avoid further unrest “or even civil war.”

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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.