Do Thi Hong

Current Status: Released - at risk

Photo of Do Thi Hong

Other Names: Đỗ Thị Hồng

Date of Birth: 1957

Gender: F

Religion: Buddhist (An Đàn Đại Đạo)

Ethnicity: Kinh

Last Known Prison: Binh Phuoc provincial prison, Binh Phuoc province

Areas of Activism:

  • Religious freedom

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Former Political Prisoner

Do Thi Hong was released over four years early from prison, in November 2020. 

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Do Thi Hong is a member of An Dan Dai Dao, a Buddhist sect founded in 1969 but outlawed after the Communist regime took over South Vietnam in April 1975. 

The religious group ran an eco-tourist company at the Da Bia Tourist Resort in Phu Yen Province. They signed a contract with the local authorities to engage in protecting the forest and environment. The group believed in the prophecies of Nguyen Binh Khiem, a 16th century oracle or Vietnamese equivalent of Nostradamus, and dreamed of building a new “Utopia” in which science, nature and humankind would be harmoniously balanced. They organized conferences and produced leaflets to disseminate their beliefs. According to reports in the state-run media, the group had several hundred members and sections in several central and southern provinces.

Arrested February 14, 2012. Sentenced to 13 years in prison under Art. 79 (1999 Code). Released November 13, 2020.

February 14, 2012
  • Art. 79 (1999 Code)
January, 2013
13 years in prison
February 14, 2025
November 13, 2020

She is one of 22 members of An Dan Dai Dao Buddhist sect arrested in February 2012 under Art. 258 and tried under Art. 79 of the 1999 Penal Code by Phú Yên People’s Court in January 2013, in what is called the "Council for the Laws and Public Affairs of Bia Son" affair. The group was charged with subversion and accused of writing documents critical of the government, setting up two companies and investing in an eco-tourism park as a cover for recruiting supporters. However, those affiliated with the group maintained that the activities of the group were purely religious and that the authorities interpreted their religious teaching in political terms. Human rights groups and supporters consider the arrests a repression by the State of the peaceful religious group. 

Do Thi Hong was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment with five years’ house arrest on release. She was detained at Prison Z30A, Section K5, Xuân Lộc, Đồng Nai Province, but is now at a prison in Binh Phuoc province. She is reported to be in poor health.

February 2013:

The Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and three UN Special Rapporteurs sent a letter to the Vietnamese government regarding the case of the 22 members of the Bia Son Council for Public Law and Affairs, expressing their concerns regarding the fairness of their trial and the motivations behind their arrests. They asked for further information about the case and how the arrests are compatible with international law. 

Profile last updated: 2021-04-13 15:49:41

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