Vietnam’s Solution To Fish Death Scandal Leaves Many Locals Unsatisfied, Ralph Jennings, Forbes 08/12/16: About 5 million people in four provinces were hurt by the fish deaths and a lot have yet to recover, says Duc Truong, part of the Vietnamese NGO Democracy Brotherhood and an independent journalist who investigated the kill. He shows photos of people he says got skin injuries from touching toxic ocean water. Fishermen in the oceans near the steel plant are catching 20% what they could get this time a year ago, fish sauce vendors are suspected of using the dead fish and resort owners have lost business, Duc and other activists say.
Vietnam’s Growing Protest Culture, The Diplomat 08/12/16: The Formosa affair caused the latest and largest ecologically-driven protest wave to hit the country, but over the course of the past few years, citizens have increasingly mobilized to voice their grievances on a range of issues.
Value of human rights dialogue questioned, Vietnam Right Now 08/12/16: The prominent activist, Dr Nguyen Quang A, seen as a leading moderate voice in the reform movement, was held for “questioning” by police for ten hours during a planned meeting with Australian diplomats.
Viet Nam: Imprisonment of Asylum Seeker Forcibly Returned by Australia Would Be Unlawful and Could Be Disastrous for Her Four Young Children, Amnesty International 08/11/16: Eight people forcibly returned by Australia in two separate cases in 2015 have been prosecuted and sentenced to between two and three years’ imprisonment for attempting to flee the country to seek asylum. Between them, they have seven children aged between four and 20 years. The detention and imprisonment of an individual for exercising his/her right to seek asylum are arbitrary and unlawful. The Vietnamese authorities must immediately and unconditionally release the four individuals currently in prison and under house arrest and vacate the convictions of all eight.
Anti-pollution protesters demand Taiwan’s Formosa quit Vietnam, Channel NewsAsia 08/11/16: TAIPEI: Angry Vietnamese protesters rallied in Taiwan on Wednesday (Aug 10) calling for local conglomerate Formosa to leave their country after an environmental disaster affected hundreds of thousands of people. The demonstration outside Formosa’s headquarters, in Taiwan’s capital Taipei, included relatives with families in the area at the centre of the scandal, which saw tonnes of dead fish wash up along Vietnam’s central coastline in April.
Behind the Curtain of Vietnam’s Oldest Circus, Story and photographs by Christian Rodriguez, National Geographic 08/11/16: Appreciation for Vietnam’s circus artists!