Nguyen Van Vien
Current Status: Pre-trial detention
Other Names: Nguyễn Văn Viễn
Date of Birth: 1971
Current Prison: HCM city Police detention center, No. 4 Phan Dang Luu, Ho Chi Minh city
Areas of Activism:
- Brotherhood for Democracy
The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City will try Nguyen Van Vien, Chau Van Kham, and Tran Van Quyen on November 11. All three will be tried under Article 113 for “terrorism to oppose the people’s government.” Also, all three are said to belong to overseas democracy group Viet Tan, which is often targeted by the Vietnamese government. Kham, who is an Australian citizen, is believed to have used fake documents to cross into Vietnam from Cambodia in January. All three men were arrested in January, first under Article 109 of the 2015 Criminal Code, for subversion. Vien is also a member of the Brotherhood for Democracy.
Details - Background, History of Activism.
Vien was living in Ho Chi Minh City prior to arrest. He is from Quang Nam Province.
Profile photo Source: Brotherhood for Democracy
Vien is a member of the Brotherhood for Democracy and also became active in environmental efforts following the massive 2016 Formosa environmental disaster. His activism led to him having to move to Ho Chi Minh City
Arrested January 13, 2019. Charged under Art. 109 (2015 Code).
- Art. 109 (2015 Code)
- 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. Vien had become an environmental activist in the aftermath of the Formosa environmental disaster. He is supposedly charged under Article 109 of the 2015 Criminal Code for subversion. 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. Police then went to search Vien’s home the next day on January 14, where they also threatened his wife.
He is probably detained at Phan Dang Luu Temporary Detention Facility in Ho Chi Minh City.
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
Brotherhood for Democracy press release, January 24, 2019
Profile last updated: 2019-11-12 14:39:49