Hoang Duc Binh must now serve a 14-year term for his role in protests against a waste spill on Vietnam's coast.
Pollution from discarded bags and bottles continues to plague Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar as they prepare for this year’s Earth Day.
The villagers demanded the release of 14 people detained as part of earlier protests.
Provincial authorities say the school may not charge the fees, but do nothing to stop the collection.
Brother of one activist calls her surprise trial and sentencing "stealthy" and says people are "embarrassed" for Vietnam.
The US social media giant says it will work with and protect civil society.
They tell Mark Zuckerberg that Facebook is doing the communist regime’s bidding by culling pages of independent groups.
The defendants, including a prominent rights lawyer, receive jail terms of various lengths after a one-day trial.
The six are accused of affiliation with a group Vietnam says exploited a toxic spill to create unrest.