Huynh Minh Tam

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

Photo of Huynh Minh Tam

Other Names: Huỳnh Minh Tâm, Huỳnh Trí Tâm

Date of Birth:

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Last Known Prison: Gia Trung prison, Gia Lai province

Areas of Activism:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Democracy
  • Freedom of expression
  • Sovereignty

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Prolonged Incommunicado Detention
  • Online commentator

November 2019:

On November 28, 2019, the People's Court of Dong Nai Province tried siblings Huynh Minh Tam and Huynh Thi To Nga under Article 117 of the 2015 Criminal Code for “making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam." Both were handed heavy prison sentences– nine years for Tam and five years for Nga. Both were active Facebookers and sharp commentators on politics and national issues, including national sovereignty, corruption, and economic mismanagement. Notably, Nga was allegedly kidnapped by plainclothes agents from the hospital where she works. She was missing for several weeks before being found in a detention center in Dong Nai Province. Nga was arrested when one of her children was under 36 months old.

Details - Background, History of Activism, Family Situation, Contact Information.

Profile photo source: Facebook Selena Zen

Huynh Minh Tam often posts many articles on national issues, especially national sovereignty, corruption, and economic mismanagement, on his Facebook account named Huỳnh Trí Tâm. There are more than 1,000 people following him on Facebook.

Tam is married and has two young children.

His sister is Huynh Thi To Nga, whose Facebook nicknames are Selena Zen and Dieu Hang. To Nga has been missing since January 28, 2019, only two days after Huynh Minh Tam’s arrest.

Arrested January 26, 2019. Sentenced to 9 years in prison under Art. 117 (2015 Code). Expected Release is January 26, 2028.

January 26, 2019
  • Art. 117 (2015 Code)
Dong Nai province public security, Dong Nai province
Private house, Dong Nai province (map)
November 28, 2019
The People’s Court of Dong Nai Province
9 years in prison
January 26, 2028
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • fair trial
  • respect of privacy, family, home, and correspondence

At around 8:00 am on January 26, 2019, public security of Dong Nai province stormed into his private house, believed to be in Dong Nai province, and took Huynh Minh Tam to the province police station. They then searched his house but did not release any official arrest warrant. His arrest was believed to be derived from his articles on Facebook, which sometimes criticize the government. The charges against Tam are currently unknown.

November 2019:

Huynh Minh Tam was sentenced to nine years in prison, and his sister Huynh Thi To Nga was sentenced to five. In the indictment, the authorities accused the two activists of using the Internet to read and share articles or websites of “reactionaries,” a term that the government usually uses to name political opponents or critics. Both were said to use Facebook accounts to contact overseas “reactionaries” and post articles with anti-state content. In particular, Tam allegedly used two Facebook accounts, “Huỳnh Trí Tâm” and “Huỳnh Tâm,” to post and call people to join a closed group, Republic Party (Dang Cong Hoa), which aims to encourage others to protest against the state. 


Profile last updated: 2022-08-14 17:32:39

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