Ho Thanh Tam
Current Status: Likely released - at risk
Other Names: Hồ Thanh Tâm
Date of Birth: 1989
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:
- Violence concern
Details - Background, History of Activism.
Ho Thanh Tam lived in Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province prior to arrest.
On June 10, 2018, Tam participated in the demonstrations against two bills on Special Economic Zones and Cybersecurity.
Thêm 15 người bị phạt tù vì ‘tham gia bạo động’ tại Bình Thuận, Voice of America Vietnamese Newspaper, September 27, 2018
Arrested June 11, 2018. Sentenced to 3 years in prison under Art. 318 (2015 Code). Expected Release is June 11, 2021.
- 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 September 26, 2018, The People’s Court of Bac Binh District held the first instance court hearing against Ho Thanh Tam at Cho Lau Town, Bac Binh District, Binh Thuan Province.
According to the indictment, at 9:00 am on June 11, Tam and others gathered at National Highway 1A, Binh Long Hamlet, Phan Ri Thanh Commune, Bac Binh District. At 1:30 pm, Tam and others allegedly attacked riot police with bricks, sticks, stones and handmade petroleum bombs. He was also accused of damaging and burning the property of the headquarters of the Fire Department and Police Department of Binh Thuan.
He did not have a defense counsel because police went to one of the defendants’ houses and told the family “not to hire a lawyer because it would be a waste.” None of the defendants had a defense lawyer.
Ho Thanh Tam was sentenced to three years for “disturbing the public order” under Article 318 of the 2015 Penal Code.
While the authorities accused some of the protesters involved in the June 2018 protests of using violence, Vietnamese activists themselves claim that the violence was actually started by the authorities, who sent their own people to mingle with the protesters to start or incite violent scenes, which would justify the use of harsher means to disperse the crowd, such as tear gas, water cannons, physical assaults, and arrests. This method, the activists said, would be part of what the Public Security calls Project A2 – Disperse protests and Repress riots. While this claim from the activists remains to be verified, it is true that the police have used brutal violence towards protesters and activists. This has been well documented in the “Black Sundays” report, which details the detentions of unarmed protesters and the physical assault that amounts to torture against them, and calls for accountability from the Vietnamese government in line with international human rights obligations.
The 88 Project is investigating the known arrests and the allegations of the crimes committed by protesters. In the absence of a free press environment, the protesters should be given the benefit of the doubt, and any accusation by the authorities against them should not be taken for granted.
Vietnam Jails 15 Protesters For Violent Demonstration in Binh Thuan Province, Radio Free Asia, September 26, 2018
Xét xử các đối tượng gây rối, tấn công Đội PCCC Phan Rí, Công Lý Newspaper, September 26, 2018
Xét xử 15 đối tượng gây rối trật tự công cộng tại huyện Bắc Bình, Bình Thuận, An Ninh Thu Do Newspaper, September 27, 2018
Profile last updated: 2021-07-16 21:22:33