Nguyen Van Vien

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Nguyen Van Vien

Other Names: Nguyễn Văn Viễn

Date of Birth: 1971

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

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

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Environment

Known Afilliations:

  • Brotherhood for Democracy

November 2019:

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).

January 13, 2019
  • Art. 109 (2015 Code)
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
Human Rights Watch

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. 

November 2019:

Human Rights Watch called for Kham and his co-defendants' releases ahead of their trial. 

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

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