Nguyen Nang Tinh
Current Status: Pre-trial detention
Other Names: Nguyễn Năng Tĩnh
Date of Birth: 1976
Religion: Christian (Catholic)
Occupation: Teaching professional
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
- Religious freedom
- Bao Ve Su Song (Save Life)
- Quy Phat Trien Con Nguoi (Human Development Fund)
- Truyen Thong Cong Giao (Catholic Media)
- No-U Saigon
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).
- Art. 117 (2015 Code)
- 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.
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.
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.
Nhà đấu tranh Nguyễn Năng Tĩnh bị bắt ở Nghệ An, VOA Tieng Viet, May 29, 2019
Khởi tố, bắt tạm giam Nguyễn Năng Tĩnh, Công an Nghệ An, May 30, 2019
Catholic activist arrested, accused of 'undermining' Vietnamese government, National Catholic Reporter, May 30, 2019
Kết thúc điều tra hình sự đối với nhà hoạt động Nguyễn Năng Tĩnh, Radio Free Asia Vietnamese, September 17, 2019
Profile last updated: 2019-11-12 14:35:31