They had been arrested in 2011 on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.
The U.S. president will meet with Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, next week in Washington.
A fellow activist calls the amnesty a ‘gift’ to improve bilateral relations.
The attack occurred after the group had gone to a prison to meet a fellow farmer jailed for protesting the seizure of his land.
Trade and security ties should be linked to progress on human rights, lawmakers and hearing witnesses say.
Truong Minh Tam hopes increased international scrutiny can improve the treatment of Vietnam's political prisoners.
Several people are taken away and detained by authorities in Hanoi and Tre Ben province.
Her family is concerned for her health three weeks into the fast.
She was planning a campaign calling for the release of political prisoners.
Existing government-controlled organizations only serve to control society, not help farmers, they say.
Truong Duy Nhat says he’s not afraid that authorities will harass or re-arrest him for continuing to speak out against the regime.
A clause prohibiting lump-sum pension payouts had prompted a rare strike in March.
The attack is the latest against a public campaigner in recent weeks.
He had traveled to Singapore to attend a workshop on a new citizen journalism tool.
An industry official says fishermen will ‘remain vigilant’ as they ignore the ban.
She was sentenced for anti-state activity after photographing anti-China protests.
He is facing charges of ‘infringing upon the interests of the state.’
Pham Thi Loc says she will continue fighting for victims of injustice.
The incident marks the second beating of a public campaigner in the capital in weeks.