Vietnam has made significant progress economically in recent years, but activists say its government has become increasingly intolerant of dissent.
Over the past few weeks, Vietnamese courts have convicted several dissidents of subversion, sentencing them to prison terms of up to 16 years. This latest government crackdown has many human rights groups worried there’s more to come.
For more insight on what’s happening, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Elaine Pearson, deputy director of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch.
Pearson explains the significance of the convictions in light of the country’s political realities.