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Blogger Hoàng Đức Binh sentenced to 14 years in prison
His is one of the toughest sentences inflicted by a Vietnamese court on an activist. He had organised protests following an environmental disaster caused by Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group. More than a hundred people are currently held as political prisoners or prisoners of conscience in the country.
05/02/2018 15:09:00 VIETNAM
Government against dissent: four more activists convicted
Vũ Quang Thuận, Nguyễn Văn Điển, Trần Hoàng Phúc and Hồ Văn Hải have been convicted for "propaganda against the state". More than a hundred people are currently held as political prisoners or prisoners of conscience for exercising their fundamental rights. Catholics too have paid a price for their actions.
16/08/2017 12:15:00 VIETNAM - TAIWAN
Vietnamese Church brings Formosa victims' protests to Taiwan
"Going abroad to be heard." Bishop Paul Nguyên Thai Hopof the diocese of Vinh, visitsTaipei with the Victim Support Committee. Protests fueled by compensation criteria set by Vietnamese government and Formosa. The province of Nghệ An is excluded from the list of the four provinces affected under remuneration scheme.
03/11/2017 16:57:00 VIETNAM
Activist who protested sea pollution prosecuted for “abusing democratic freedoms”
Hoang Duc Binh, 34, had organised protests against Formosa Plastics, which caused a huge ecological disaster that left hundreds of fishermen out of work. The activist is also a member of an independent labour organisation.
25/04/2017 17:52:00 VIETNAM
Vietnamese protesters demand apology over police mistreatment
Agents seized No-Formosa T-shirts. Police mistreatment sparks anger among locals. For parish priest Dan Huu Nam, "They have to apologise for their behavior and must return the shirts". One year after the disaster, compensation is slow.
16/05/2017 15:47:00 VIETNAM
Authorities crack down on activists fighting for Formosa victims
Hoàng Đức Bình will be detained for 90 days. He was with Fr Nguyễn Đình Thục, one of the two priests denounced by the government. Hundreds of people gathered to demand Bình’s release. The Catholic Church supports local grievances and is the victim of government reprisals. Catholic activist Thái Văn Dung is wanted by the authorities.
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