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Hanoi, 23 May 2021. Local residents cast their ballots at a voting station as Vietnam holds legislative polls to elect a new 500-seat National Assembly, NHAC NGUYEN/AFP via Getty Images

Vietnam told to stop silencing independent voices ahead of election

Vietnam authorities have harassed and detained several independent candidates ahead of the National Assembly election. These candidates have used social media to announce their candidacy and share their thoughts on the country’s political situation.

Land rights activist Can Thi Theu (C) stands in the dock during her appeal in a former indictment, at the Hanoi People's Court, Vietnam, 30 November 2016, VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images

Vietnam: Convictions for social media use part of intensifying assault on internet freedom

Since the start of 2021, at least seven people have been tried and sentenced under Article 117, which criminalises ‘making, storing, distributing or disseminating information, documents and items against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’.

A newspaper vendor rides past a billboard for the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) 13th National Congress in Hanoi, 26 January 2021, NHAC NGUYEN/AFP via Getty Images

Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison

Journalist and blogger Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu once worked for the state media before providing the public with information about corruption, environment pollution, and human rights abuses. She was convicted of posting anti-state propaganda for her reports published on Facebook and YouTube