Tran Nguyen Duy Quang

Current Status: Released - at risk

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Other Names: Trần Nguyễn Duy Quang

Date of Birth: 1983

Gender: M

Religion: Christian (Catholic)

Ethnicity: Kinh

Last Known Prison: Prison No. B5, Dong Nai province

Areas of Activism:

  • Freedom of expression
  • Sovereignty

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Former Political Prisoner

Tran Nguyen Duy Quang was released from prison on September 8, 2019, after serving 15 months in prison. 

Details - Background, Family Situation.

Quang finished Grade 4 from the 12-year program of school education. He is from Thong Nhat District, Dong Nai Province.

Quang is not married and has no children. He has seven siblings. His parents are workers, and his family is very poor.

Results of the Trial of 20 protesters in Bien Hoa City, The People’s Voice, July 30, 2018

Arrested June 10, 2018. Sentenced to 1 year 6 months in prison under Art. 318 (2015 Code). Released September 8, 2019.

June 10, 2018
  • Art. 318 (2015 Code)
Bien Hoa city public security, Dong Nai province
30/4 Park, Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province (map)
July 30, 2018
The People’s Court of Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province
1 year 6 months in prison
December 10, 2019
September 8, 2019
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • fair trial
  • political participation

On June 10, 2018, Quang attended a protest in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, protesting against the Law on Special Economic Zones, which is in process of review by the Vietnamese National Assembly. At the end of the day, he was arrested under Art. 318 of the 2015 Criminal Code for “disturbing public order,” along with 52 other protesters. Twenty of them were tried on July 30, 2018. In a one day trial, judge Nguyen Quoc Thai sentenced 15 of them to sentences ranging from eight to 18 months in prison, and he gave five of them suspended sentences ranging from 12 months to 14 months.

Tran Nguyen Duy Quang received the longest sentence of one year and six months in prison.

November 2018:

Fifteen protesters detained in national demonstrations over two draft laws in June and sentenced to prison terms in July appealed their sentences on November 9 in The People’s Court of Bien Hoa City. Lawyer Dang Dinh Manh reported that the defendants all asked for an acquittal of their charges of “disturbing public order” after originally just planning to ask for reductions in the sentences. They argued that they participated in demonstrations on June 10 because of their patriotism. However, the court upheld all of the sentences ranging from eight months to a year and six months.

December 2018:

Four activists were monitored by police and later attacked by pro-government thugs while attempting to visit families of some of the protesters imprisoned after the national June demonstrations in Bien Hoa. En route to Dong Nai Province, police stopped the car, and later plainclothes agents followed it and physically injured the passengers by throwing rocks into the car. The activists were forced to turn back and could not meet with the families as planned.


He was due for release from prison in December 2019. The 88 Project has been unable to verify his release, and thus, we have listed him as "likely released - at risk." We acknowledge that he may still be imprisoned, and if he was released, he may still be at risk of harassment or even rearrest.

Xét xử 20 đối tượng gây rối ở Đồng Nai, Công lý & Xã hội, July 31, 2018

Đồng Nai xử 20 người biểu tình chống dự Luật Đặc khu và An Ninh Mạng, RFA Vietnamese, July 30, 2018

Behind the trial sentencing 20 patriotic protesters, Saigon Broadcasting Television Network, August 2, 2018

Four Activists Brutally Attacked by Thugs During Visit to Families of Jailed Mid-June Protesters, Defend the Defenders, December 8, 2018

Conclusion of Investigation and Indictment (on file with The 88 Project). 

Profile last updated: 2023-05-06 19:08:07

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