The 88 Project is pleased to learn that blogger and former police officer Ta Phong Tan has been released early from her 10-year prison sentence in Vietnam. Tan, though, has been exiled from Vietnam and sent to the United States.
Tan was arrested in 2011, tried in 2012, and charged under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Penal Code for alleged propaganda against the state. Tan was tried alongside Nguyen Van Hai (Dieu Cay) and Phan Thanh Hai. Before the trial, Tan’s mother, Dang Thi Kim Lieng, died after setting herself on fire in protest of Tan’s detention.
Tan had recently been adopted under the Committee to Protect Journalists’s Press Uncuffed campaign and also as part of the U.S. State Department’s #Freethe20 campaign to raise awareness and call for the release of 20 imprisoned female activists worldwide.
The 88 Project wishes Tan the best and will continue to work for the release of imprisoned activists in Vietnam. Thank you for your support.