Reports of the move ignite security fears in Vietnam.
Instead, he demands unconditional freedom and an explanation of the reasons for his arrest.
The convictions ordered by a provincial court are criticized by rights groups.
The government is accused of resorting to trumped-up criminal charges to punish rights defenders.
Human Rights Watch and Vietnamese activists believe the policies won’t deter widespread police abuse
He calls on the international community to pressure Hanoi over her case.
Agents hired by police are accused of breaking up a ritual at a follower’s home.
The delegate had voiced concerns over Hanoi’s adherence to UN obligations.
The official says his fact-finding mission has been interrupted by surveillance, harassment, and intimidation.
The Australian Embassy in Hanoi had invited both government and civil society representatives to the conference.
An open letter says 50 years of one-party rule have failed to form a strong nation.
UN Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt is in Vietnam to assess the religious rights situation.
A pro-government online army is launching attacks on the site.
The rig had operated there for more than two months, damaging bilateral relations.
He says mass sharing of shaving razor blades may have been a reason.
She is released after serving four years of a seven-year sentence for leafleting in support of workers.
He had called online for the country's national leaders to resign.
Leaders of the two countries stick to their positions during high-level discussions in Hanoi.
Experts say the two sides will look to calm tensions in the South China Sea.
A Chinese envoy asks Ban Ki-moon to circulate documents outlining Beijing's position.
Officials accuse China of lying about the incident.
Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh faces abuse after he calls for an improvement in prison conditions.
Ta Phong Tan and Ngo Hao are suffering in jail, their relatives say after recent visits.
Each blames the other for instigating a maritime clash that downed a Vietnamese fishing boat.
She dies after setting her self alight in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.
Among those arrested in recent days were dissidents and pro-democracy activists who were brutally beaten by police, activists say.
They say protests are at risk of boiling over if not permitted to vent.
Official media says the unrest could scare Chinese investors into shunning Vietnam.
Vietnamese police didn't halt the burning, looting, and violence soon enough, expatriates say.
Plane ticket prices rise and hundreds cross the border to Cambodia.