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Trinh Ba Khiem

Current Status: At risk

Photo of Trinh Ba Khiem

Other Names: Trịnh Bá Khiêm

Date of Birth:

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Farmer

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Freedom of expression
  • Land rights
  • Sovereignty

Communities At Risk:

  • Duong Noi farmers

Details - Background, History of Activism, Family Situation, Contact Information.

Trinh Ba Khiem is a farmer in Duong Noi Ward, Ha Dong District, Ha Noi. In 2014, when the government decided to use coercive methods to seize farmers’ lands at Duong Noi, he strongly objected to the authorities and became an activist in the land rights and democracy movements.

In 2014, when striving against the coercive move of government in taking farmers’ land in Duong Noi, Trinh Ba Khiem and his wife Can Thi Theu were arrested and imprisoned for obstructing justice. He was released on June 25, 2015.

He often provides support to political prisoners. In 2019, he was beaten on his way to visit the prisoners at the Thanh Chuong 6 Prison.

He lives with his wife, Can Thi Theu, who is also an activist.

Arrested April 25, 2014. Sentenced to 1 year 6 months in prison under Art. 257 (1999 Code). Released June 25, 2015.

April 25, 2014
  • Art. 257 (1999 Code)
Hanoi city public security, Hanoi
Duong Noi Ward, Ha Dong District, Hanoi (map)
August 19, 2014
1 year 6 months in prison
June 25, 2015
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression

In 2014, when striving against the coercive move of government in taking farmers’ land in Duong Noi, Trinh Ba Khiem and his wife Can Thi Theu were arrested and imprisoned for obstructing justice. He was released on June 25, 2015. His wife, Can Thi Theu, was sentenced to 12 months under for the same charge.

July 12, 2019: beaten by thugs when visiting prison No. 6

  • Physical assault in a public space
  • Property confiscation
July 12, 2019
Individuals
Hanh Lam ward, Thanh Chuong district, Nghe An province (map)

  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • equal protection of the law
  • freedom from discrimination

On July 12, 2019, Trinh Ba Khiem and 19 family members and supporters of political prisoners were physically attacked by thugs who they believed to be plain-clothes prison officers and public security officers. Activist Trinh Ba Phuong told VOA Vietnamese that the group was on its way to Prison No. 6 with some posters solely to visit and support prisoners such as Truong Minh Duc, who were on hunger strike at the time. When the visitor group tried to approach Camp 6 by car, a truck seemed to purposely park to block the road, so they decided to walk the rest of the way. This is where the attack took place. Activists Nguyen Thuy Hanh, Huynh Ngoc Chenh, and himself were not only physically assaulted, but their belongings, including money, phones, and personal documents, were taken by the attackers.

After the attack, the group was forced to go back to the main road and was escorted to Vinh city, unable to complete the visit.

Profile last updated: 2019-09-20 02:44:40

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