Incident Group: Crackdown on independent candidates 2021

Despite the official rhetoric saying that anyone has the right to self-nominate and run for a seat in the National Assembly, most of those who did so in the run up to the 2021 elections were treated with hostility and harassment. From criminal charges and detentions to other types of harassment and interventions, many independent candidates were either forced to drop out of the elections or faced imprisonment.

Le Chi Thanh

Le Chi Thanh, arrested April 14, 2021 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Le Trong Hung

Le Trong Hung, arrested March 29, 2021 (Province: Ha Noi)

Tran Quoc Khanh

Tran Quoc Khanh, arrested March 10, 2021 (Province: Ha Noi)

Le Van Dung

Le Van Dung, Attempted arrest and specially wanted possibly for running as independent candidate in National Assembly elections (Province: Ha Noi)