Chau Van Kham

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Chau Van Kham

Other Names: Châu Văn Khảm

Date of Birth:

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Retired

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Human rights

Known Afilliations:

  • Viet Tan

Photo Source: Viet Tan

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Chau Van Kham is an Australian citizen of Vietnamese descent.



Kham is a member of the overseas pro-democracy group Viet Tan.

Arrested January 13, 2019.

January 13, 2019
Ho Chi Minh city public security, Ho Chi Minh city
Ho Chi Minh City (map)
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of association


Vietnam arrested two more activists, Chau Van Kham, an Australian citizen, and Nguyen Van Vien, a member of the Brotherhood for Democracy, on January 13 in Ho Chi Minh City. According to a press release from the Brotherhood for Democracy, police arrested Vien when he was on the way to pick up Kham, who was in Vietnam for a “fact-finding” mission after crossing the land border with Cambodia. Kham has not been permitted consular communications.

Chau Van Kham's wife wrote an open letter published on February 4, 2019, in which she confirmed that her husband was arrested on January 13, 2019, and is currently under investigation for "violating Vietnamese law." According to her letter, two weeks after the arrest, the Australian Embassy was informed of his arrest. But the exact charges against him are still unknown.

He reportedly takes medication for prostate issues.

Vietnam Arrests Two More Democracy Advocates, Radio Free Asia, January 25, 2019

One More Member of BFD Arrested, Charged with Subversion, Radio Free Asia, January 25, 2019

Australian democracy activist 'detained' in Vietnam, Channel News Asia, January 25, 2019

Vietnam reportedly detains Australian activist, The Sydney Morning Herald, January 25, 2019

Thư ngỏ của Bà Châu Văn Khảm,, February 4, 2019

Profile last updated: 2019-04-23 00:49:31

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