Vietnam is a one-party state, dominated for decades by the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). Although some independent candidates are technically allowed to run in legislative elections, most are banned in practice. Freedom of expression, religious freedom, and civil society activism are tightly restricted. The authorities have increasingly cracked down on citizens’ use of social media and the internet to voice dissent and share uncensored information.
Freedom in the World — Vietnam Country Report
Vietnam is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Freedom on the Net— Vietnam Country Report
Vietnam is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
News & Perspectives on Vietnam
Testimony on Freedom of Expression in Asia
Testimony and remarks
Internet Freedom in Asia Hits Unprecedented Low
December 2, 2019
A Grim Reality for Internet Freedom in Asia
November 7, 2018
Joint Statement of Concern on Vietnam’s Draft Law on Religion
November 9, 2015
Joint Statement Calling for The Release of Vietnamese Prisoner of Conscience, Tran Huynh Duy Thuc
May 26, 2015
The Forgotten Five: Autocratic Regimes That Avoid International Criticism
January 7, 2015