SE Asian leaders urges credible Myanmar elections

HANOI, Vietnam - (AP) Southeast Asian leaders urged Myanmar's isolated military regime Friday to hold "inclusive" elections amid controversy over planned polls the opposition has vowed to boycott and denounced as designed to extend the junta's rule. The 16th annual summit of the...

UN starts $5M Agent Orange cleanup at Vietnam base

HANOI, Vietnam - (AP) The United Nations has launched a $5 million project to clean up Agent Orange contamination at a former U.S military air base in Vietnam, the world body said Tuesday. The project will focus on dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa airport on the outskirts of southern Ho Chi Minh City...

Southeast Asian Laws Toolbox

Welcome to LexisNexis South East Asian Laws Toolbox , the law toolbox that brings you LexisNexis content available for the nations of South East Asia, excluding the Peoples’ Republic of China. You will find below the legal content and analysis that we have for several countries in this burgeoning...

US diplomat urges Vietnam to improve human rights

HANOI Vietnam (AP) - A senior U.S. diplomat says Vietnam should improve its human rights record in order to make progress in its relationship with the United States. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell says Vietnam's stance on Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Vietnam jails pastor of banned Mennonite church

HANOI Vietnam (AP) - A court in central Vietnam sentenced the pastor of an outlawed Mennonite church to 11 years in prison for sowing division between the communist government and its citizens, state-controlled media reported Tuesday. Nguyen Cong Chinh, 43, was convicted of Full version (available...

Vietnamese journalist sentenced to 4 years in jail

HANOI Vietnam (AP) - A Vietnamese journalist who bribed a police officer as part of an undercover investigation into corruption was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday, while the officer who accepted the money got a five-year sentence, state-controlled media reported. Relatives and colleagues...

Vietnam convicts 3 bloggers for anti-gov't posts

HANOI Vietnam (AP) - Vietnam issued jail sentences ranging from four to 12 years on Monday to three bloggers who wrote about human rights abuses, corruption and foreign policy, intensifying a crackdown on its citizens' use of Internet to criticize the government. The cases are particularly Full...