Leveraging the TPP for Human Rights in Vietnam

Leveraging the TPP for Human Rights in VietnamSince March, five political prisoners have been released by Hanoi as part of its “policy of leniency.” These dissidents represent the spectrum of those individuals who have been detained by the Vietnamese government. In March, Vietnamese authorities released Nguyen Huu Cau and Dinh Dang Dinh. Nguyen Huu Cau, a poet and former officer in the…

America’s Absent Moral Imperative in Vietnam

America’s Absent Moral Imperative in VietnamFollowing stops in Jerusalem and Ramallah later this week, United States Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to visit Vietnam to “highlight the dramatic transformation in the bilateral relationship over the years” and the two countries’ growing partnership. From 1995 when then-US President Bill Clinton normalized relations; to 2001 when a Bilateral Trade Agreement…

Vietnam Harasses the NGOs

Vietnam Harasses the NGOsEven as Vietnam vies for election to the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2014-2016, the country is in an intensive campaign to keep NGOs such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Reporters Sans Frontieres, Front Line Defenders and PEN International at bay Despite the government hostility, these organizations have played an important role in…

Could China Teach Vietnam a New Lesson?

Could China Teach Vietnam a New Lesson?On June 21, the Vietnamese National Assembly adopted the Vietnam Maritime Law, which was promptly criticized by China. The law sets out the legal status of Vietnam’s islands and sea and sovereignty under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which also includes the disputed Spratly and Paracel Islands. Claiming sovereignty…
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