Brother of one of the victims says the family borrowed money from the government to transport the body home.
The sentences come amid a continuing crackdown on dissent that has seen dozens jailed this year alone.
Police may have thought the performance was supported by funds from 'foreign sources,' the environmental advocacy group Green Trees says.
Phan Cong Hai had posted writings criticizing Vietnamese government policies and following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Independent journalist could face between seven and 12 years in prison if convicted.
The offer of a cutter vessel, which will be delivered in 2020, follows Vietnam’s receipt of six patrol boats and equipment worth $12 million this year.
Ha Van Thanh was sent back to Vietnam in October after his request for refugee status in the United States was denied.
The "No-U" T-shirt rejects China’s nine-dash line claim of control of South China Sea.
Nguyen Nang Tinh receives close to the maximum sentence, with his lawyers blocked in their efforts to defend him in court.
Tran Vu Hai had offered to represent RFA contributor Truong Duy Nhat in court, but was then charged with tax evasion, with his case files seized by police.
Nguyen Duy Binh tried to defend the right of defendant Tran Vu Hai and his wife to select their own attorneys, and was dragged from the courtroom by police.
Activists say their protest is hypocritical, since the police usually break up such demonstrations.
Chau Van Kham, Nguyen Van Vien, and Tran Van Quyen receive sentences of from 10 to 12 on charges that rights groups say were never proved.
Tran Vu Hai's office was raided, with his case files seized, and he will now stand trial on tax evasion charges on Nov. 13.
Hanoi's mission says will work with Britain to repatriate remains of the 39, all Vietnamese, "at the earliest time.”
Activist and blogger Nguyen Ngoc Anh is also sent back when his own appeal fails the next day.
Nguyen Ngoc Anh was sentenced in June to six years in prison for posting online material criticizing Vietnam's government.
Prosecutors show no evidence of links to terrorism, though, a US-based Vietnamese democracy advocacy group says.
Predictions of major inundation in southern Vietnam are overstated, two Vietnamese scholars say.