to go further Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation Jean-François Julliard Secrétaire Général RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang In response to the government’s announcement of an amnesty for more than 10,000 detainees for Vietnam’s national holiday on 2 September, Reporters Without Borders sent the following letter to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urging him to release all bloggers and journalists imprisoned in Vietnam. VietnamAsia – Pacific September 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prime Minister urged to free all imprisoned bloggers and journalists Receive email alerts April 7, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Dear Prime Minister,Your government has announced an amnesty for more than 10,000 detainees for Vietnam’s national holiday on 2 September.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of the blogger Nguyen Van Tinh and the poet Tran Duc Thach, who were sentenced in 2009 to three and a half and three years in prison respectively for “propaganda against the socialist state”.We urge you to go further and, on this holiday, to free all the prisoners of conscience in Vietnam, especially the 17 bloggers and three journalists who, according to our organization, are still in prison. The government must respect its obligations and guarantee freedom of expression. As you begin your second term as Vietnam’s Prime Minister, the release of human rights activists, journalists and bloggers would send a strong signal of a readiness to be more open.We would like to draw your attention to the cases of Vi Duc Hoi, Pham Minh Hoang, Paulus Le Son, Cu Huy Ha Vu and Nguyen Van Ly in particular.Arrested on 27 October 2010, the pro-democracy activist Vi Duc Hoi was sentenced in April to five years in prison and three years of house arrest for anti-state propaganda. He received an award from the human rights organization Human Rights Watch in 2009.Pham Minh Hoang, a blogger with French and Vietnamese dual citizenship who uses the pen-name Phan Kien Quoc, was sentenced on 10 August to three years in prison and three years of house arrest on a charge of trying to overthrow the government.Witnesses saw the blogger Paulus Le Son being arrested outside his home on Bui Xuong Trach Street in Hanoi on 3 August during a major police operation involving use of violence in which about 10 Catholics were targeted. The day before, he had gone to a Hanoi people’s court to try to attend the netizen Cu Huy Ha Vu’s appeal hearing. It was the second time that Son, who used to write for a parish newspaper, www.chuacuuthe.com, was arrested this year.The blogger Cu Huy Ha Vu’s seven-year jail sentence for anti-state propaganda was upheld on appeal on 2 August. The son of the poet Cu Huy Can, he was arrested in November 2010 just for advocating a multi-party political system on the Internet and in the foreign media.Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest, human rights activists and editor of the dissident publication Tu Do Ngon Luan, was sent back to prison on 26 July although he is in very poor health. He was sentenced in 2007 to eight years in prison for anti-state propaganda but had been given a one-year parole on medical grounds in March 2010.Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga insisted on 27 July that “all of the basic rights and freedoms figure in the Vietnamese constitution and in the laws that are below it” and “are respected in practice too.” In Vietnam, “no one is punished for expressing their opinions,” she claimed. Reporters Without Borders urges you to ensure respect for Vietnam’s undertakings by freeing these prisoners.We thank you for the attention you give to our request.Sincerely, VietnamAsia – Pacific News News News RSF_en Follow the news on Vietnam
The Foreign Ministry said all 362 Indonesians aboard the ship had been in healthy condition. Among the figure, some 27 of them have returned to Indonesia because their work contracts had expired and they had filled out health alert cards stating their good health. As of Friday – more than a month since the coronavirus emerged from Wuhan city in China – the death toll from the virus has surpassed 2,200 with more than 70,000 cases of infection reported worldwide. Indonesian authorities still claim that the country has zero coronavirus infections on its soil so far, though at least five Indonesian nationals are reported to have contracted the virus abroad. Four Indonesian crew members aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored off Japan’s coast have tested positive for the virus and are currently under treatment. Meanwhile, one Indonesian worker in Singapore, who was admitted to a hospital after contracting the virus, was discharged and declared healthy on Tuesday.Topics : “We have been informed that 334 Indonesian crew members have decided to continue working with the ship,” Judha said on Friday.Previously, the government confirmed that there had been 362 Indonesian crew members aboard the MS Westerdam when the vessel docked in the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville on Feb. 13 after being turned away by five countries on fears that passengers could be carrying the virus.[RA::Coronavirus: 362 Indonesians aboard Westerdam cruise ship healthy, minister says::https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/17/coronavirus-362-indonesians-aboard-westerdam-cruise-ship-healthy-minister-says.htmlConcerns over the coronavirus spreading from inside the cruise ship have been mounting after a 83-year-old American woman – who had been a passenger on the ship – tested positive for the virus upon landing in Malaysia from Cambodia on Feb. 14. More than 300 Indonesian crew members who remain aboard the MS Westerdam docked in Cambodia have decided to continue working with the cruise ship following the disembarkation of all passengers after they tested negative for China’s coronavirus.The Indonesian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday that Cambodian authorities had given clearance for passengers and crew members of the cruise ship to go onward with their own journey after a reexamination found that none of those abroad the vessel had contracted the virus.Foreign Ministry director for the protection of citizens and legal entities overseas Judha Nugraha said that the MS Westerdam was scheduled to continue cruising on Saturday.
London-based Stolt-Nielsen Limited expects a negative financial impact on its tanker business following a fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company’s facility in Houston.Namely, the company noted that its future performance is expected to be affected by the fire which erupted on March 17 at ITC’s petrochemical storage facility, leading to a chemical spill in the Houston Ship Channel.“The fire at ITC’s facility in Houston last month is already impacting the local chemical industry, including both transportation and storage,” Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, CEO of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, commented.“We are at a minimum expecting a negative impact on Stolt Tankers, as parts of the Houston Ship Channel have been closed to traffic, causing delays. We continue to follow the situation closely, as the full impact is unclear at this point.”The Oslo-listed company reported USD 501.9 million of revenue for the first quarter ended February 28, 2019, compared to a revenue of USD 515.3 million reported in the same period a year earlier.Stolt-Nielsen’s net profit dropped to USD 6.6 million in the period from USD 38.8 million delivered in the first quarter of 2018.“Stolt-Nielsen Limited’s first-quarter results were in line with expectations,” Stolt-Nielsen said.“Freight rates and volumes overall were stable at Stolt Tankers. Results at Stolthaven Terminals were steady when excluding the impairments taken in the prior quarter, reflecting stable market conditions and operations. At Stolt Tank Containers, first-quarter results were down in line with seasonal expectations, though market softness remains, with intensified price competition.”Stolt Tankers reported an operating profit of USD 14.3 million, up from USD 7.7 million delivered in the previous quarter, mainly reflecting a USD 3.4 million bunker-hedge gain in the quarter.Stolthaven Terminals’ operating profit was at USD 18 million, up from USD 11.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, while Stolt Tank Containers reported an operating profit of USD 15.7 million down from USD 18.1 million quarter-on-quarter.