Entries by Huong Nguyen

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, from the Edge of Death

In 2010, tech entrepreneur and democracy activist Tran Huynh Duy Thuc was convicted by a Hanoi court for “activities aimed at subverting the administration,” according to Article 79 of the 1999 Criminal Code. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison followed by five years of house arrest — one of the most severe punishments […]

July Arrests Mark Turn for The Worse

Last week, a spate of arrests occurred within days of each other, marking a sharp and sudden increase in clampdown against political activists in Vietnam. The arrests came as the country struggles through the latest wave of record-breaking COVID infections and deaths. While most of these arrests follow the typical pattern that we have often […]

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 23/2021 – Week of June 7-13

Greetings from The 88 Project! We bring you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of June 7-13. Another Facebooker has been given a harsh sentence while a female prisoner from the Formosa protests suffers from health issues. A political prisoner was transferred without his family’s awareness […]

Interview with Do Le Na, Le Trong Hung’s Wife

Two weeks after announcing his intention to stand as a candidate in Vietnam’s forthcoming National Assembly elections, Le Trong Hung was arrested. Hung is an independent journalist who has supported local activists in their disputes with the government over land rights. We sat down with Hung’s wife, Do Le Na, to discuss Hung’s work, and […]

Tran Thi Nga Released Early and Exiled to the US, Amidst Continued Crackdown Against Political Activists in Vietnam

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 […]

Six Activists Sentenced to a Combined 25 Years in Prison in One Day Ahead of Vietnam Communist Party’s National Congress

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 […]

Fugitive-for-Freedom-of-Expression Arrested by Public Security of Ha Tinh Province

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 […]