They are blocked from visiting them and fear for their health.
Hundreds of supporters stage rare protest outside the appeals court.
Duong Van Minh says he has been persecuted for advocating reformed burial practices among the Hmong.
His wife calls for pressure on the government to release him to his family.
North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Laos languish at the bottom of a global media freedom index.
The group is detained while on their way to investigate dissident Nguyen Bac Truyen's arrest two days earlier.
The farmers had attempted to reclaim land confiscated for development.
The raid comes about a week before his wedding.
Le Quoc Quan said he has been denied legal and religious texts ahead of his appeal trial.
Activists say they're doubtful of assurances made at the country's Universal Periodic Review.
Diplomats in Geneva call on Vietnam to respect freedom of expression.
He calls on Hanoi to come clean to the UN on rights abuses.
Hanoi says his attendance would be 'harmful to the human rights image of Vietnam.'
Authorities block them from leaving the country ahead of Vietnam's Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, a rights group says.
The organization has faced harassment since announcing a new executive committee.
Thousands of workers building the plant clash after an argument with security guards.
He says he paid bribes to senior Communist Party officials.
They ask for support from the government but vow to plow ahead if they don't get it.
He is detained at the airport and interrogated for 13 hours before being confined to his home.