On January 10, 2020, after spending three years in prison under charges of “propaganda against the socialist state,” Tran Thi Nga was released and sent directly to the United States. Nga and her family safely reached Atlanta, Georgia, at 7:00 pm local time on January 10. She is the fourth political prisoner in the past […]
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My name is Hồ Sỹ Quyết, born 1988 in Nghệ An. Around 2:00 pm on January 3, 2020, while my wife and I were at home in Bldg A, West Bay, Eco Park in Văn Giang, Hưng Yên, our doorbell rang. We looked out and saw our building security guard. Thinking he needed to tell […]
In 2019 alone, ahead of the National Congress of the Communist Party in 2020, dozens of activists, independent journalists, and even ordinary citizens have been arrested or convicted under national security charges. In one single day, on November 26, 2019, Vietnam authorities held three trials across the country and sentenced six activists to a total […]
On November 19, 2019, young activist Phan Cong Hai was arrested in Ha Tinh province, after being wanted for six months by Nghe An provincial authorities for “producing, storing and disseminating information to oppose the people’s regime” (Article 117, 2015 Criminal Code). The official “criminal conduct” for which he was wanted, according to the state’s […]
Mr. Pham Chi Dung, a prominent dissident journalist and writer, was arrested on November 21, 2019 by the public security forces of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). He is charged under Article 117 of Vietnam 2015 Criminal Code for “producing, storing, and disseminating” documents opposing the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. While state media asserts that […]
Vietnamese authorities continue and widen their crackdown on freedom of expression against ordinary citizens even though they do not engage in any grassroots activism or political movements. On October 31, 2019, the People’s Court of Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho City, sentenced Mr. Pham Xuan Hao (54 years old) to 12 months in prison for […]
Thinh Nguyen, a prominent independent artist and film-maker, was detained without a warrant by Hanoi public security forces at 12:00 pm local time on Friday, October 25, 2019, after a search at his home. He was released later in the evening of the same day, but is still facing a high risk of re-arrest. Security […]
On May 27, 2019, The Security Investigation Agency of Nghe An Province arrested Nguyen Nang Tinh, a former lecturer of Nghe An College of Art and Culture, on the accusation of “propaganda against the socialist state.” He is known nationwide for teaching college students and pupils the song “Give back to the people” (Trả lại […]
How Vietnamese Law Restricts Freedom of Publication Article 25 of Vietnam’s 2013 Constitution asserts that citizens have the right to speak freely, to have a free press and to access information. Regardless, a thicket of laws and regulations tightly circumscribes freedom of publication in Vietnam. These restrictions derive in particular from the Law on Publication […]
The Supreme People’s Procuracy of Vietnam has finalized the indictment against prominent blogger Truong Duy Nhat, not for any of his journalistic activities but for alleged “abuse of position and power when carrying out public duty” under Article 356.2 of the 2015 Criminal Code. It should be noted that Nhat was already imprisoned from 2013-2015 […]