Huynh Duc Thanh Binh
Current Status: Sentenced to prison
Other Names: Huỳnh Đức Thanh Bình
Date of Birth: July 14, 1996
Last Known Prison: Xuan Loc prison, Dong Nai province
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
- Human rights
Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:
- Solitary Confinement
- Denial of Legal Representation
- Denial of Adequate Medical Treatment or Supplies
- Harsh Physical and Administrative Conditions
- Infliction of Physical and Psychological Pain
- Violence concern
Nguyen Thi Hue, mother of political prisoner Huynh Duc Thanh Binh, was summoned by Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) police on March 30 to “discuss issues related to public order and security.” On her Facebook page, Hue said she was perplexed because she had gone into seclusion since her son’s conviction and rarely appeared online or in public, focusing most of her time and energy on practicing Buddhism.
Details - Background, History of Activism, Family Situation.
Binh is a student in Economic Law at the University of Economics and Finance. He lived in Ho Chi Minh City before his arrest.
Binh is known as a human rights activist. On June 10, 2018, Huynh Duc Thanh Binh attended a large and peaceful demonstration against the Draft Law on Special Economic Zones in Ho Chi Minh City.
Arrested July 7, 2018. Sentenced to 10 years in prison and 3 years probation under Art. 109 (2015 Code). Expected Release is July 7, 2028.
- Art. 109 (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
He was arrested on July 7 by the authorities in Ho Chi Minh City when he returned from a tour of Hue and Danang. He was arrested under the Art. 109 of the 2015 Criminal Code for ‘Activities against the People’s government’.
It is possible that authorities will soon hold a trial against US citizen Michael Nguyen and two others arrested at the same time, Huynh Duc Thanh Binh and Tran Long Phi. An investigator reportedly told Phi's relatives to expect an upcoming trial, as they had completed their investigation.
After being held in a detention center for nine months, accused of “carrying out activities aiming at overthrowing the people’s administration”, Huynh Duc Thanh Binh was finally able to meet his mother on April 17, 2019. His mother, Hue, revealed that their meeting only lasted 30 minutes and revolved around family topics. There were three public security officers surrounding them and threatening to stop their conversation if they changed the topic. Also, Binh had been not allowed to meet with his defense counsel, Nguyen Van Mieng, although his mother signed a contract with him after Binh’s arrest.
Authorities were refusing to allow Huynh Duc Thanh Binh a visit with his lawyer, Nguyen Van Mieng, for "national security reasons." Mieng stated that since the initial investigation period has ended, under Vietnamese law, authorities must allow Mieng to meet with his client. Binh's mother was able to visit him recently and reported he was in good health, but she was unable to obtain information on his case.
The People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City tried Michael Nguyen, Huynh Duc Thanh Binh, Tran Long Phi, and Huynh Duc Thinh (Binh's father) on Monday June 24, 2019. Michael Nguyen was sentenced to 12 years, Huynh Duc Thanh Binh to 10 years, Tran Long Phi to eight years, and Huynh Duc Thinh to one year. Nguyen will be deported after completing his sentence. All except Thinh were convicted of subversion for allegedly planning to incite protests and attack government offices. The four were arrested in July, 2018. Another person, Truong Quoc Bao (Thomas Quoc Bao), was also arrested at the same time, but he managed to escape when the police took him back to his home for a search. There is no news on his whereabouts. It was a short and speedy trial in Ho Chi Minh city. Scheduled to be a two day trial, it was finished in less than four hours.
The 88 Project is aware of and investigating the claims of violence involved in these cases. However, in the absence of a free press environment, the defendants should be given the benefit of the doubt, and any accusation by the authorities against them should not be taken for granted.
Prison officials in Xuan Loc Prison Camp in Dong Nai Province beat six political prisoners after they petitioned to be able to work outside more frequently during the weekends. The six were also placed in solitary confinement after being beaten. Huynh Duc Thanh Binh’s mother learned of the incident after a visit to her son on May 12. After he told her about the attack, prison officials cut their visit short. Binh’s mother wrote a petition to the prison demanding an investigation into the incident. It is unknown who the other five prisoners are who were beaten.
Nguyen Thi Hue, mother of Huynh Duc Thanh Binh, visited him at Xuan Loc prison on March 11, 2022, and was allowed to give him homemade food and books. Binh and his inmates are okay but suffering from mange and ringworm caused by acidic polluted water. Xuan Loc prisoners have complained many times to no avail.
Bui Thi Hong Loan, wife of Pham Chi Dung, reported that Dung had been refusing to eat his meat and fish rations since June 5 to protest against prison officials not letting his fellow political prisoners receive medications or dental treatment. According to our sources, Dung’s fellow political prisoner Huynh Duc Thanh Binh also told his mother about Dung’s protest when she visited him on June 14. Binh said many political prisoners in his camp suffer from toothaches, making it difficult for them to eat. Their faces are often swollen and red. Their health is gradually deteriorating, yet they are not given proper medical treatment
Vietnam arrests US citizen, four locals on subversion allegation amid Growing social dissatisfaction, Defend the Defenders, July 28, 2018
Young Activist Huynh Duc Thanh Binh charged with Subversion, Defend the Defenders, August 8, 2018
Sinh viên Huỳnh Đức Thanh Bình bị khởi tố, Hội Sinh viên Nhân Quyền, August 8, 2018
Vietnam Detainee is Denied Contact With His Lawyer in Move Contrary to Law, Radio Free Asia, May 9. 2019
In Vietnam, U.S. Citizen Gets 12-Year Sentence for Trying to Overthrow State, The New York Times, June 24, 2019
Vietnam jails American for 12 years on charge of attempting to overthrow state, Reuters, June 24, 2019
Nguyen Thi Hue Facebook post, March 2022
Profile last updated: 2023-04-11 19:08:03