Ngo Van Dung

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Ngo Van Dung

Other Names: Ngô Văn Dũng

Date of Birth:

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Journalist

Current Prison: HCM city Police detention center, No. 4 Phan Dang Luu, Ho Chi Minh city

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Freedom of expression
  • Human rights
  • Sovereignty
  • Press

Known Afilliations:

  • Hiến Pháp
  • National Movement to Revive Vietnam

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Ngo Van Dung is from Buon Me Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, in the Central Highlands.

Dung is a citizen journalist who filmed the June 2018 protests in Vietnam over proposed Special Economic Zones, and he is a member of the pro-democracy organization the National Movement to Revive Vietnam. Two of its leading members, Vu Quang Thuan and Nguyen Van Dien, are currently serving eight and six and a half years in prison, respectively. He is also a member of the Hien Phap constitutional rights group, which aims to educate citizens about their rights under the law.

Three Vietnamese Facebook Users Missing, Feared Detained, Radio Free Asia, September 7, 2018

Nine Members of Constitution Group Arrested in Early September: Facebooker Nguyen Uyen Thuy, Defend the Defenders, September 24, 2018

The 88 Project’s archives

March 12, 2018: detained and questioned after filming protests

March 12, 2018
Dak Lak Province (map)

  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression

Ngo Van Dung and Nguyen Uyen Thuy, two members of the National Movement to Revive Vietnam, were detained in Dak Lak Province after reporting on protests of teachers who had been laid off. Six hundred teachers had been laid off, prompting public reaction; Dung and Thuy filmed and interviewed some protesters. The two were detained, questioned for several hours, and forced to pay a fine. They were released later in the day. Police also confiscated their cell phones, which they had used to film the protests

Arrested September 4, 2018. Charged under Art. 118 (2015 Code).

September 4, 2018
  • Art. 118 (2015 Code)
Ho Chi Minh city public security, Ho Chi Minh city
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (map)
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • freedom of association

Ngo Van Dung was taken into custody on September 4 in Ho Chi Minh City, during a Facebook livestream. For days after the arrest, his situation remained unclear, and many feared he had been formally arrested. Authorities did not give his wife information about his whereabouts, first saying he was in Ho Chi Minh City, and later in Dak Lak province. On September 27, 2018, a fan page supporting the state’s propaganda formally admitted that Ho Chi Minh city’s police arrested nine members of the civil society group Hien Phap, with the intention to investigate for them criminal prosecution. This included Ngo Van Dung. Beginning on September 1, police secretly began to detain the members and withheld information about their detentions from their families. The group had planned to promote peaceful demonstrations in early September.

In early October, Ngo Van Dung’s family finally received an announcement about his temporary detention and prosecution. He was prosecuted by Ho Chi Minh City’s Police under Article 118 of the 2015 Criminal Code for “disrupting security" and is now detained at the Ho Chi Minh City police’s Temporary Detention Center, where he will await trial.

Reporters Without Borders called on the EU to delay its vote on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) in light of Dung’s case.

Profile last updated: 2019-06-05 12:58:47

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