Imprisoned blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc is in critical condition after being on a hunger strike since November 23, 2020.
Thuc has been trying to get the Vietnamese High Court to review his request to have his sentence reduced based on changes in the 2015 Criminal Code. Thuc was charged with “preparing to commit a crime,” which in the new Criminal Code only carries a maximum sentence of five years, not 16 years ,as his current sentence. This is his third hunger strike in an attempt to get the court to respond.
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Tran Huynh Duy Thuc keeps fighting for justice and will not accept release in exchange for exile. “[..] The path to justice is the road I’m taking – not a pathway which allows me to leave or stay.” He has been on a hunger strike to protest the procedural irregularities of his case.
Thuc has been trying for several years to get the High Court to review his request to have his 16-year sentence reduced based on changes in the 2015 Criminal Code but has not yet received a response from the court.
We demand that the Vietnamese government provide an update on his health condition and that the Vietnamese High Court review his request to have his sentence reduced based on changes in the 2015 Criminal Code.
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The latest on news on Tran Huynh Duy Thuc can be found here.
Read more about Thuc’s background, activism, and efforts to preserve his and others’ human rights while imprisoned in his profile in our Database of Persecuted Activists in Vietnam.
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