Huynh Duc Thanh Binh

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Huynh Duc Thanh Binh

Other Names: Huỳnh Đức Thanh Bình

Date of Birth: July 14, 1996

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Student

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

Areas of Activism:

  • Freedom of expression
  • Human rights
  • Sovereignty

May 2019:

Authorities are refusing to allow Huynh Duc Thanh Binh a visit with his lawyer, Nguyen Van Mieng, for "national security reasons." Binh has been detained without trial for over ten months. 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 is in good health, but she was unable to obtain information on his case. Binh was arrested on July 7, 2018 in the same case as his father, former political prisoner Huynh Duc Thinh, US citizen Michael Nguyen, and Tran Long Phi

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.

Thanh Binh is the son of Huynh Duc Thinh, a former political prisoner, who was arrested one day after his arrest, alleged to have covered his activities in human rights protection. His parents are divorced, and his mother is the only one who supplies food and other items to him and his father.

Arrested July 7, 2018. Charged under Art. 109 (2015 Code).

July 7, 2018
  • Art. 109 (2015 Code)
Ho Chi Minh city public security, Ho Chi Minh city
Dong Nai province (map)
Nguyen Van Mieng
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • 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’.

February 2019:

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.

April 2019:

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 has been not allowed to meet with his defense counsel, Nguyen Van Mieng, although his mother signed a contract with him after Binh’s arrest.


Profile last updated: 2019-05-12 01:30:34

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