Huynh Duc Thanh Binh
Current Status: Pre-trial detention
Other Names: Huỳnh Đức Thanh Bình
Date of Birth: July 14, 1996
Current Prison: HCM city Police detention center, No. 4 Phan Dang Luu, Ho Chi Minh city
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
- Human rights
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.
Arrested July 7, 2018. Charged under Art. 109 (2015 Code).
- Art. 109 (2015 Code)
- 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’.
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 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.
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
Profile last updated: 2019-05-12 01:30:34