In 2016, toxic waste from the Taiwanese-owned Formosa steel plant caused a massive marine life disaster in Vietnam. Two years later with activists in prison and local livelihoods destroyed, the fight for justice is far from over and has seen significant collaboration between Taiwanese and Vietnamese.
Ha Tinh Vietnam April 13, 2018 A court in central Vietnam has jailed a Catholic activist after convicting her of subverting the communist state. The People’s Court in Ha Tinh Province sentenced Teresa Tran Thi Xuan to nine years in prison on April 12 for “attempting to overthrow the people’s government,” the state-run Ha Tinh…
AP (2/06/2018): A court in central Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 14 years in jail for livestreaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant’s . Hoang Duc Binh, 34, was convicted of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state, organisation and people, and opposing officers on duty,…
The main reason for Hoa’s arrest in early 2017 was his coverage of the reactions to a toxic spill from a Taiwanese steel plant in Ha Tinh province that poisoned millions of fish and reduced thousands of fishermen to penury. Hoa covered the ensuing protests, sometimes using a camera mounted on a drone.
Police in the north-central province of Ha Tinh have arrested a female activist as the authorities continue their campaign to silence opposition voices.
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To the Taiwanese, Formosa literally means “Beautiful Island,” but when Formosa came to Vietnam it became a nightmare for more than 3.8 million people in four of the country’s central provinces