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Dang Thi Hue

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

Photo of Dang Thi Hue

Other Names: Đặng Thị Huệ

Date of Birth: December 25, 1981

Gender: F

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Teaching professional

Current Prison: Hanoi Police Detention Center No. 1, Hanoi

Areas of Activism:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Freedom of expression

October 2019:

On October 16, police arrested Build -Operate -Transfer (BOT) protester and anti-corruption activist Dang Thi Hue. Hue has been a part of several protests against the toll station projects, which many argue are improperly placed or collect fees past their contract times. Hue is also a vocal supporter of Ha Van Nam, a driver and fellow protester who was arrested and sentenced to prison earlier this year. Hue, a single mother of two, is charged with “disturbing public order.”  She has lost weight in prison due to being unfamiliar with the eating schedule. She is currently held at Detention Center No.1 of Hanoi Public Security.

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Hue’s hometown is in Thai Binh Province. She lives and works in Ha Noi.

Profile photo source: Dang Thi Hue’s Facebook

Hue is a part of the nationwide protest movement against the installation of toll booths across the country as the result of Build - Operate - Transfer projects (BOT projects). Many have criticized the locations of these toll booths, alleging that they are being charged with or without using the new road built by BOT companies. They also believe that this lucrative business (which can generate billions of Vietnam Dongs per day - approximately 50,000 USD to 100,000 USD per day) is corrupted by cronyism. 

In Hue’s case, however, her actions specifically focus on Bac Thang Long-Noi Bai toll booth, which was already concluded to be unlawful by the Ha Noi local authority 10 years ago, but has somehow survived through three ministers of the Ministry of Transportation. Yet, activists protesting this toll still face police brutality and mistreatment.

May 20, 2019: detained and assaulted for participating in a peaceful demonstration

  • Detention
  • Physical assault in a public space
  • Intimidation
  • Harassment against family of activist at risk
May 20, 2019
Public security
Bac Thang Long-Noi Bai toll booth, Hanoi (map)

  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • not be subjected to torture and degrading treatment
  • political participation
  • Frontline Defenders
  • Defend the Defenders

On the morning of May 20, many drivers and activists in Ha Noi arrived at Bac Thang Long-Noi Bai toll booth to express their opposition toward the existence of the toll booth, since it was denounced as unlawful by the local authority 10 years ago. 

Yet without any public discussion and reasonable warning, the public security arrived and treated the activists like criminals. Many were beaten and harassed. 

Hue was pregnant at the time. But after being beaten and violently dragged away, it is confirmed that she suffered a miscarriage.  (Hue’s confirmation)

Frontline Defenders and Defend the Defenders assisted Hue to cover medical expenses incurred due to the miscarriage.

June 12, 2019: detained at toll booth

  • Detention
  • Intimidation
  • Property confiscation
June 12, 2019
Public security
Bac Thang Long-Noi Bai toll booth, Hanoi (map)

  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • political participation

On June 12, 2019, Hue and a driver Nguyen Tran Cong were arrested at Bac Thang Long-Noi Bai toll booth, where they had gone to protest the toll booth’s fees, and they were escorted to the public security office of Soc Son District and detained here for over four hours. 

According to Hue’s online posts, she accused that the Soc Son’s public security force tried to frame her for a criminal conviction. Specifically, when Hue and Cong drove to Bac Thang Long - Noi Bai toll booth and argued about the legality of its location and existence, a group of security officers was already waiting to see if they could have any justification to arrest her and Cong. 

Aware of this, after 11 minutes of negotiation, Hue and Cong decided to pay the toll fee, yet Soc Son’s police still craned the car and arrested both of them.

Hue and Cong have filed official complaints to the competent authorities about the arrest and their car.

Arrested October 16, 2019. Charged under Art. 318 (2015 Code).

October 16, 2019
  • Art. 318 (2015 Code)
Soc Son District public security, Ha Noi
A cafeteria in Hanoi (map)
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  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • political participation

Facebooker Tran Thi Thu Thuy, a BOT protester who usually accompanied Hue to the protests and witnessed her arrest, reported that the public security of Soc Son District, Ha Noi, mobilized a powerful force to arrest Hue at 8:25 PM on October 16, 2019. Hue and Thuy were drinking tea on the street at that time. They then took Hue to her house in Vu Thu District, Thai Binh City, Thai Binh Province, to be searched. Their search last for several hours.

 

One week after her arrest, Hue’s family still had not received any notification from Soc Son public security on her arrest. Her 15-year-old daughter, with the support of Thuy, only received a notice after going and requesting it from the communal public security office where Hue’s permanent residence is registered. In the notice, written on October 16 by the Soc Son Investigation Agency, Hue was accused of “disturbing public order,” the same accusation against imprisoned BOT protester Ha Van Nam. Her arrest took place only two days before the appeal trial against Ha Van Nam.

Hue is currently held at Detention Center No.1 of Hanoi Public Security, after being transferred from the Contemporary Detention Center of Soc Son District.

 

On October 25, 2019, lawyer Le Dinh Viet was able to meet with Hue and reported that she lost two kilograms because she is not familiar with the food and eating schedule in prison. Luckily, her inmates were supportive and shared their food with her. Hue thanked people for their support and remained positive about her activism.

Profile last updated: 2019-11-22 13:33:03

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