The lenient sentence is seen as a move to appease public anger.
Embassy officials helped traffickers avoid police, a rights group says.
Observers say the recommendation is a bid to quell public anger.
Supporters take to the street in protest of his trial.
One of the two women who escaped says she is still in fear of her captors.
They say their husbands are innocent of attempted murder charges ahead of their trial next week.
Poet Nguyen Huu Cau’s health is deteriorating rapidly in prison, his daughter says.
Chinese vessels had chased the boat from a disputed area the week before.
Authorities step up harassment of a dissident family and bar an activist from medical treatment.
Police warn the United Buddhist Church of Vietnam youth leader he could face prosecution.
Family members of a murder victim say the son-in-law of a powerful official is at fault.
An activist blogger in Vietnam says information by online activists will promote democracy in the one-party state.
The report by Reporters Without Borders also criticizes private-sector help to authoritarian regimes.
UBCV patriarch Thich Quang Do urges revisions to the constitution aimed at ending one-party rule.
Ta Phong Tan receives the US award in absentia while serving a prison sentence for propaganda against the state.
Defense ministers from the two countries hold talks in Hanoi.
The journalist struck out at the Communist Party for accusing reformers of corrupting morality.
A sign at a Chinese eatery snubbing foreigners stirs up ugly debate.
Police block activists from laying wreaths for soldiers on a sensitive anniversary.
A watchdog group says Vietnam's downward trend in press freedom is among the worst in the world.
Rights groups say Vietnam is holding over 30 bloggers and netizens for speaking out.
A prominent Vietnamese blogger's critical note to the authorities finds its way out of prison.
The democracy activist had served three years of his five-year sentence for subversion.
Vietnam imprisons the group after a court convicts them of aiming to overthrow the government.
A Vietnamese-American activist is back in U.S. after nine months of detention in Vietnam.
Authorities send the opposition member home after nine months of detention.
The group is one of the largest accused of plotting to overthrow the Vietnamese government in years.
Another Vietnamese blogger critical of the government is arrested.
An official call for amendments prompts Vietnamese intellectuals to suggest an alternative constitution.
The Vietnamese Communist Party chief is granted a private audience with the head of the Catholic Church.