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Change the name "South China Sea" to "Southeast Asia Sea"

In the sixteenth century, the world had little knowledge about Southeast Asia. Western merchants and sailors of that time called the sea, which is encompassed by the present-day Southeast Asian countries, the “South China Sea” to refer to the enclosed sea basin and its location in relation to the surrounding countries lying to the north of Australia, east of India, and south of China.

Viet Nam: Failing to uphold human rights as land rights activist is sentenced to 20 months in prison

In yet another example of criminalising peaceful protest, Cấn Thị Thêu, a well-known land rights activist, was tried and convicted by a court in Hà Nội on 20 September and sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment on charges of “disturbing public order” under Article 245 of the 1999 Penal Code. Amnesty International condemns Viet Nam’s continuing failure to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, contrary to its obligations as a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Vietnam: Free Imprisoned Bloggers

(New York) – Vietnamese authorities should quash the politically motivated convictions of two bloggers and release them from prison, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 22, 2016, the Higher People’s Court of Hanoi will hear the appeal of prominent blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh and his colleague Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy who ran a website critical of the Vietnamese government.

Letter of Congressman Ed Royce regarding the destruction of Lien Tri Pagoda

Letter of Congressman Ed Royce regarding the destruction of Lien Tri Pagoda

Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative - Summit in Luang Prabang, Laos

As part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), President Obama met with 350 emerging leaders from the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries. These youth attended the three-day YSEALI Summit in Luang Prabang, Laos, which brings together alumni from the YSEALI Fellows program to discuss the development gap in ASEAN and challenges facing rural communities in Southeast Asia.

Viet Nam: Detained pastor on hunger strike since 8 august: Pastor Nguyễn Công Chính

Pastor Nguyễn Công Chính is a Vietnamese prisoner of conscience serving an 11-year sentence. He has been on hunger strike since 8 August in protest at abusive treatment, denial of rights and lack of response to complaints by officials. He is in poor health.

Odds Worsen for TPP Trade Deal

The 2016 presidential campaign has dealt a potentially lethal blow to President Barack Obama’s signature Pacific trade agreement, with the chances of congressional passage now looking slim either after the election or under the next administration.

Business leaders and trade advocates just weeks ago remained optimistic that Congress would salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a post-election lame duck session, despite both parties backing presidential candidates who said they would spurn it.

Lessons Learned in Mass Fish Deaths, Vietnam Premier Says

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Tuesday that the Southeast Asian country had learned “serious lessons” from the recent mass fish kills in four coastal provinces — an environmental disaster that sparked rare protests nationwide.

Phuc addressed parliament after being re-elected to head the government.

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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