Current Status: Likely released - at risk
Other Names: Võ Mến
Date of Birth: 2000
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:
- Former Political Prisoner
- Violence concern
Details - Background, History of Activism.
Vo Men lived in Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province prior to arrest.
On June 10, 2018, Men participated in the demonstrations against two bills on Special Economic Zones and Cybersecurity.
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 November 29, 2018, The People’s Court of Bac Binh District, Binh Thuan Province held first instance court hearing against Vo Men.
According to the indictment, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm on June 11, 2018, Men and others gathered at National Highway 1A, which crosses Binh Long Hamlet, Phan Ri Thanh Commune, Bac Binh District. Men and others allegedly attacked secutity forces with sticks, bricks, stones, and handmade petrol bombs, as well as damaged property.
Vo Men 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.
Bình Thuận: Xét xử vụ gây rối trật tự công cộng ở huyện Bắc Bình, Hà Nội Mới Newspaper, November 29, 2018
Bình Thuận xét xử thêm 9 đối tượng gây rối tại Phan Rí, Voice of Vietnam, November 29, 2018
Profile last updated: 2021-12-24 15:39:16