Cao Vinh Thinh
Current Status: At risk
Other Names: Cao Vĩnh Thịnh
Date of Birth: 1988
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
- Human rights
- Green Trees
Details - Background, History of Activism, Contact Information.
Thinh was known as a prominent member of a campaign to protect green trees in Hanoi in 2015, and also an active member of Green Trees, a civil society group that works to promote environmental protection and human rights.
In 2015, because of wearing a T-shirt with the logo “For a green Hanoi” (originally “Vi mot Ha Noi xanh”), Thinh and her family were harassed and blocked from travelling by security forces.
On October 2016, after her group publicized a report on the Formosa environment disaster in the central provinces, Cao Vinh Thinh and two others were named in a list banning from them from entering Taiwan.
Thinh also initiated a program distributing waterproof bags for citizens in a flooded area in 2016, organized an exhibition on Trees and Fish for Children in 2017, and joined many other activities for environmental protection.
Cao Vĩnh Thịnh - Công an cấm cản mặc áo "Vì màu xanh Hà Nội", Dan Luan newspaper, April 13, 2015
Bộ Công An bắt Cao Vĩnh Thịnh làm gì?, Dan Luan newspaper, March 28, 2019
Cao Vĩnh Thịnh, phim Đừng Sợ và quyền lên tiếng của người dân, BBC Vietnamese, April 2, 2019
Website Green Trees
Fanpage Zero Waste Hanoi
March 27, 2019: kidnapped and interrogated about her activism
- Property confiscation
- Hacking into private property/account
- freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
- liberty and security of the person
- freedom of expression
- not be subjected to torture and degrading treatment
On March 27, 2019, Cao Vinh Thinh was kidnapped and detained from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm without any legal document while heading to her shop, Zero Waste Hanoi. At the headquarters of the Investigation Security Agency, Ministry of Public Security, located at No 3, Nguyen Gia Thieu Street, Hoan Kiem Ward, Ha Noi, Thinh was questioned on her peaceful environmental activities, especially her recent film “Don’t be afraid” (originally “Dung so”). They demanded to know the film’s content, contributors, or places where it would be released.
“Don’t be afraid”, released on March 16, 2019, is a documentary film on the civil society movement in Vietnam, produced by Thinh and her Green Trees group. This film contained some interviews with “sensitive individuals” such as Blogger Dieu Cay, the family of prisoner of conscience Hoang Duc Binh, and victims of the Formosa environmental disaster, which is likely the main reason for her detention.
During her interrogation, she was not allowed to contact her relatives, and police confiscated one laptop and two mobile phones. Because Thinh refused to provide a password, security officers used a technical device to access the content on her laptop. Meanwhile, they also called Thinh’s mother to pick up her four-year-old daughter in the afternoon, implying that her interrogation would continue until very late.
Vietnamese Environmentalist Kidnapped, Questioned for Her Activism, Defend the Defenders, March 28, 2019
Bộ Công An bắt Cao Vĩnh Thịnh làm gì? Dan Luan Newspaper, March 28, 2019
Fanpage Zero Waste Hanoi
Profile last updated: 2019-04-30 04:38:01