Nguyen Nang Tinh

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Nguyen Nang Tinh

Other Names: Nguyễn Năng Tĩnh

Date of Birth: 1976

Gender: M

Religion: Christian (Catholic)

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Teaching professional

Areas of Activism:

  • Freedom of expression
  • Sovereignty
  • Religious freedom

Known Afilliations:

  • Bao Ve Su Song (Save Life)
  • Quy Phat Trien Con Nguoi (Human Development Fund)
  • Truyen Thong Cong Giao (Catholic Media)
  • No-U Saigon

November 2019:

The People’s Court of Nghe An province will hold the first instance trial of activist Nguyen Nang Tinh on November 15 after it was postponed last month. Tinh is being tried under Article 117 of the 2015 Criminal Code for alleged propaganda against the state. Just a few days before his previously-scheduled trial on October 17, the Court prohibited Tinh’s attorneys from copying his case files, so his lawyers submitted a request to postpone the trial until the files could be copied. 

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Tinh is a music teacher at the Nghe An College of Art and Culture, living in Nghe An province.

Profile photo source: Nghe Anh Times

Nguyen Nang Tinh is an activist and member of “NoU FC Vinh,” “Bao ve su song (Save Life),” “Quy Phat Trien Con Nguoi (Human Development Fund),” and “Truyen Thong Cong Giao (Catholic Media),” which the authorities consider to be “opposition groups.” As a music teacher, he sang many songs with content allegedly “distorting the policy and guidance of state and party.”

Arrested May 29, 2019. Charged under Art. 117 (2015 Code).

May 29, 2019
  • Art. 117 (2015 Code)
Nghe An province public security, Nghe An province
Quynh Luu district, Nghe An province (map)
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression

Authorities arrested Nguyen Nang Tinh, 43, on May 29, 2019,  when having breakfast with his sons. Security forces searched his residence, confiscated documents, and then brought Tinh and his sons to the commune people’s committee. A few hours later, they called Tinh’s father to come bring Tinh’s sons back home. He was alleged to post “anti-state” content online.

September 2019:

After three months of detention, the investigation police of Nghe An province completed the investigation period of Nguyen Nang Tinh on September 17, 2019. He was charged under Article 117 of the 2015 Criminal Code (“making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of Socialist Republic of Vietnam”). His case was sent to the People's Procuracy for prosecution. 

October 2019:

On October 11, 2019, the People’s Court of Nghe An province prohibited Nguyen Nang Tinh's attorneys from copying his case files, even though six days later Tinh was to be tried for “making, storing and distributing documents that are anti-state and the government of Vietnam." In his Facebook post, lawyer Nguyen Van Mieng, one of the two defense lawyers, wrote that the court didn’t allow him to copy Tinh’s files because they were related to national security and, therefore, confidential. On the same day, the two lawyers submitted a request to postpone the trial until the files can be copied. However, according to the lawyers and Tinh’s family, the People’s Court of Nghe An warned that the next trial will be conducted with or without the lawyers. 

He reportedly has kidney stones.

Profile last updated: 2019-11-12 14:35:31

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