Pham Ngoc Hanh
Current Status: Likely released - at risk
Other Names: Phạm Ngọc Hạnh
Date of Birth: 1973
Religion: Christian (Catholic)
Last Known Prison: Prison No. B5, Dong Nai province
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:
- Former Political Prisoner
Pham Ngoc Hanh was released from prison on September 8, 2019, after serving 15 months in prison.
Details - Background, Family Situation.
Pham Ngoc Hanh finished Grade 9 from the 12-year program of school education. She worked as a sales helper for a small shop. Her family is poor. She lived in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province prior to her arrest.
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 4 months in prison under Art. 318 (2015 Code). Released September 8, 2019.
- Art. 318 (2015 Code)
- 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, Hanh attended a large protest in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, protesting against the Law of Special Economic Zones, which is in process of review by the Vietnamese National Assembly. At the end of the day, she was arrested under the 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 prison sentences ranging from eight to 18 months in prison, and he gave five of them suspended sentences ranging from 12 months to 14 months. Pham Ngoc Hanh received a sentence of 16 months in prison.
After the first trial, Hanh was threatened to be detained with the HIV-infected prisoners if she exercised her right to appeal.
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.
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.
She was due for release from prison in October 2019. The 88 Project has been unable to verify her release, and thus, we have listed her as "likely released - at risk." We acknowledge that she may still be imprisoned, and if she was released, she may still be at risk of harassment or even rearrest.
Behind the trial sentencing 20 patriotic protesters, Saigon Broadcasting Television Network, August 2, 2018
Xét xử 20 đối tượng gây rối ở Đồng Nai, Công lý & Xã hội, July 31, 2018
Imprisoned protesters threatened to be detained with HIV-infected prisoners, Voice of America, August 7, 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: 2020-08-07 17:31:43