Truong Chau Huu Danh

Current Status: At risk

Photo of Truong Chau Huu Danh

Other Names: Trương Châu Hữu Danh

Date of Birth:

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Journalist

Areas of Activism:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Freedom of expression

Known Afilliations:

  • Friends on the Long Road

Details - Background, History of Activism, Contact Information.

Truong Chau Huu Danh is a journalist at Nong Thon Ngay Nay Newspaper.

Profile photo source: Facebook Trương Châu Hữu Danh

Danh and other drivers in Ban Huu Duong Xa Group (Friends on Long Road) have protested against corrupted “BOTs” (Build-Operate-Transfers), which effectively charge drivers a toll for a private development project authorized by the state. On his Facebook Trương Châu Hữu Danh, followed by thousands of Facebookers, Danh often exposes many alleged corruption cases, with which many governmental officers and enterprises have involved. Therefore, Danh and his family have being harassed by individuals and the authorities.

January 14, 2019: detained illegally in an alley because of his protest against An Suong-An Lac BOT

  • Detention
  • Property confiscation
  • Administrative fines
  • Destruction of personal property
January 14-15, 2019
  • Public security
  • Collaborators
An Suong - An Lac Toll Plaza, High Way 1A, Binh Hung Hoa District, Binh Tan Ward, Ho Chi Minh City (map)

  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • political participation

At 2:00 pm on January 14, Truong Chau Huu Danh, Phuong Ngo, Huynh Long, and a woman went to An Suong - An Lac Toll Plaza to question authorities on the purpose of the toll station and what type of fees they have charged. An Suong - An Lac Toll Plaza is one of the BOTs being protested since 2018 because they collected fees beyond the contract duration, which ended in January 2017.

Right after that, hundreds of people, including public security officers, police in uniform, and individuals wearing masks, raided their three cars and towed them into a dead-end alley, which was 50 meters away from the BOT. All of them were isolated in cars by barriers, cars, and a powerful security force without receiving food from the outside during their detention.

When leaving the car to find a restroom at around 9:00 pm, Huynh Long was suddenly arrested by unidentified individuals, who threatened him to stop his activism against BOT An Suong - An Lac. The aggressors drove him on their motorcycles around the town before taking his belongings and leaving him in District 12 the next morning. Scared from his disappearance, Truong Chau Huu Danh, Phuong Ngo, and the others stayed inside the car until the next day and kept live-streaming their incident on Facebook page of Trương Châu Hữu Danh.

On January 15, the security force of Binh Tan District came in the morning and worked with them until the afternoon. On that morning, Huynh Buu Long managed to return to the scene. Finally, authorities imposed administrative fines on the drivers for “stopping the cars illegally, causing traffic jam”. Meanwhile, security forces ignored the drivers’ report on their incident and their demand to investigate their arbitrary detention as well as the damage to the cars from the towing process. After more than 24 hours, they were finally able to leave the alley in the late afternoon.

Profile last updated: 2019-08-31 20:28:59

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