Nguyen Van Vien
Current Status: Sentenced to prison
Other Names: Nguyễn Văn Viễn
Date of Birth: 1971
Last Known Prison: HCM city Police detention center, No. 4 Phan Dang Luu, Ho Chi Minh city
Areas of Activism:
- Brotherhood for Democracy
Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:
- Prolonged Incommunicado Detention
On March 2, 2020, the High People’s Court, Ho Chi Minh City branch, upheld the decisions from lower courts in the case of Chau Van Kham, Nguyen Van Vien, and Tran Van Quyen, upholding also their prison sentences of 12, 11 and 10 years, respectively. Kham, Vien, and Quyen were accused of being involved in “terrorist activities against the people’s regime.” They are allegedly members of Viet Tan, a pro-democracy political organization which is considered a terrorist group by Vietnamese government. Kham is an Australian citizen and was accused of using a fake ID to go to Vietnam; he argues that other than this, he has committed no crime and only wishes for improved conditions in Vietnam. He is facing several health issues. Vien and Quyen were accused of receiving money from Kham. Many attorneys have said that the sentences and accusations are harsh and arbitrary.
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. Sentenced to 11 years in prison under Art. 113 (2015 Code). Expected Release is January 13, 2030.
- Art. 113 (2015 Code)
- freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
- liberty and security of the person
- freedom of association
- fair trial
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.
On November 11, Australian citizen and retiree Chau Van Kham was sentenced to 12 years in prison, local activist Nguyen Van Vien to 11 years, and camera installer Tran Van Quyen to ten years. They were convicted on charges of “terrorism" under Article 113 of the 2015 Criminal Code, having been targeted for being part of overseas democracy group Viet Tan. Vien is also a member of the Brotherhood for Democracy. All three men were arrested in January 2019 and originally charged under Article 109 of the 2015 Criminal Code, for subversion.
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
Vietnam: Drop Terrorism Charges Against Political Campaigners, Human Rights Watch, November 7, 2019
Australian citizen jailed in Vietnam for 'terrorism', Yahoo, November 11, 2019
Australia: Press for Release of Vietnam Detainee, Human Rights Watch, December 4, 2019
Retired Australian baker loses appeal in Vietnam on controversial 'financing terrorism' charges, The Guardian, March 2, 2020
Profile last updated: 2020-03-19 03:39:09