June 2018: Some 36 incidents are examined in the HRW report. Representing perhaps two-thirds of the known total between January 2015 and March 2017, they were collated and cross-checked by an unidentified but assuredly skillful Vietnamese researcher in HRW’s Asia division.

All over Vietnam, young toughs are being employed as a sort of police auxiliary who administer beatings to citizens that the national police aren’t yet ready to arrest, or perhaps would rather not arrest, according to a new report issued on June 19 by the New York-based Human Rights Watch NGO.

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