Tran Vu Hai, lawyer for RFA contributor Truong Duy Nhat, has been forbidden to defend him following a police raid on his office and accusations of tax evasion.
Experts suggest Beijing is making a push for resources Hanoi cancelled exploration for in recent years.
The group had tried to visit Nghe An's Camp No. 6, where at least four prisoners have gone on hunger strike to protest conditions in the prison.
The wife of a prisoner on hunger strike meanwhile asks foreign embassies to send representatives to investigate prison conditions.
Democracy advocate Tran Huynh Duy Thuc had been kept around the clock in his cell in sweltering heat, family members say.
A second lawyer said the police raid did not follow proper legal procedure.
Authorities told Nguyen Trung Truc’s family he wasn’t following prison rules.
European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström discusses trade and human rights issues in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
Truong Huu Loc had brought bread and water to protesters and encouraged others to join the protests, state prosecutors said.
A California lawmaker meanwhile calls for the release of a US citizen jailed in Vietnam in a case described by one defense lawyer as a sham.
Michael Nguyen, who had been held without trial for almost a year, must serve his full term before being deported back to the US, sources say.
Both countries now help each other capture dissidents fleeing persecution, returning them to their home countries, Amnesty International says.
Laos meanwhile moves up from the bottom to Tier 2 Watch List in recognition of 'key achievements.'
Even with recent reports of violence between thugs and police, activists say they will continue to work together as they always have.
Truong Minh Huong was assaulted after leaving a restaurant following a visit to political prisoners made with family members and friends.
She and other family members say repeated appeals for medical parole have gone unanswered.
She says Hung has been hospitalized and medicated against his will.
The April 2016 spill of toxic waste from a steel plant polluted the coastline of four Vietnamese provinces, leaving thousands out of work.
Nguyen, detained since July 2018, has not been given access to a lawyer or his family.
The search warrant, issued in January, is now almost five months old, pointing to an unusual delay in gathering evidence in the case.
Ha Van Thanh has been on the run for more than a year after Vietnamese police began rounding up Formosa Company protesters.
Nguyen Ngoc Anh found guilty of spreading information to “combat the state.”
Minister hints at a return to forced rehab centers during a National Assembly hearing.
US delegates to an annual human rights dialogue with Vietnam point to a rising number of prosecutions over the last two years.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese police arrest a Catholic schoolteacher on unknown charges, taking him into custody while he was eating breakfast with his son.
The rights group calls for his immediate and unconditional release, calling him a prisoner of conscience who should never have been arrested.
Hoa, who had blogged and produced videos for RFA, was beaten and choked by prison guards and placed in solitary confinement earlier in May.
While rallying against polluting companies and SEZ plans, protesters nabbed on charges of disrupting public order and destruction of state property.
The public is wary that Hanoi will bend to Beijing’s influence if it accepts too many loans.
Police keep them under watch, barricade them in their homes, in the run-up to an annual human rights dialogue, sources say.