But doubts remain over the size of the payment and Hanoi's reaction to a disaster that polluted miles of coastline.
They contend that authorities are intentionally delaying informing the public about the true cause of the environmental disaster.
They fear that waste from the new factory in Hua Giang province will pollute the Mekong Delta’s Hau River.
Nguyen Dan Que discusses the state of Vietnam's democracy movement and what it means to win the Gwangju Prize.
The followers of an unapproved branch of the Hoa Hao Buddhist Church are kept away from observances of the sect's founding anniversary.
Money sent by foreign governments and international banks finances repression by the military and police, Vietnamese groups say.
The group has also sent letters to the secretary of the Health and Human Services Department and California congressmen to get their support.
Those who have been affected by a large-scale environmental disaster in the central coastal provinces are struggling to make ends meet.
A new government report says the lack of rain and resultant salt intrusion have cost the nation more than $670 million.
Sunday's rallies tried to demand accountability from a silent Hanoi two months after a major ecological disaster.