Ho Dinh Cuong
Current Status: Pre-trial detention
Other Names: Hồ Văn Cương, Hồ Đình Cương, Văn Cương
Date of Birth: December 13, 1979
Occupation: Craft trades
Current Prison: HCM city Police detention center, No. 4 Phan Dang Luu, Ho Chi Minh city
Areas of Activism:
- Human rights
- Hiến Pháp
Relatives of five detained members of the Hien Phap group, which aims to educate citizens about their constitutional rights, are planning to sue the Ho Chi Minh City Police Department, alleging that their loved ones were arrested without warrants and held for many weeks in unknown locations before the families were notified. The five cases represented are those of Ngo Van Dung, Doan Thi Hong, Hoang Thi Thu Vang, Ho Dinh Cuong, and Tran Thanh Phuong. The families also say that they have not received notice on the various extensions of the fives' investigation periods. All were arrested in September 2018 and remain in pre-trial detention. They have also not been permitted to meet with their lawyers and were only allowed to meet with their families for the first time last month.
The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City will try eight activists who belong to the Hien Phap group, starting on January 14. They are: Le Quy Loc, Doan Thi Hong, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, Ngo Van Dung, Tran Thanh Phuong, Do The Hoa, Ho Dinh Cuong, and Hoang Thi Thu Vang. All were arrested ahead of a planned protest in Ho Chi Minh City in September 2018. The eight were supposed to be tried starting on December 25. Some members face up to fifteen years in prison if convicted.
Details - Background, History of Activism, Contact Information.
Ho Dinh Cuong, born in Thua Thien Hue province, lived in Ho Chi Minh city prior to the arrest.
Profile photo source: Facebook Van Cương Ho
Cuong was said to participate in the national demonstrations against the bills on Special Economic Zones and Cybersecurity on June 10, 2018.
He is also a member of Hien Phap (Constitution) group, established on June 16, 2017, with aims to promote peoples’ understanding of their human rights in the 2013 Constitution.
Cuong and other members planned to call for a peaceful demonstration on September 4, 2018 to raise their voices on social issues, including human rights violations, corruption, territorial disputes, and environmental pollution. However, many Hien Phap members were arrested prior to the scheduled demonstration.
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CSVN giam giữ 8 thành viên nhóm ‘Hiến Pháp’ vận động đợt biểu tình tháng 6, Saigon Broadcasting Television Network, September 27, 2018
9 người thuộc nhóm Hiến Pháp bị an ninh bắt vào đầu tháng 9, Radio Free Asia, September 28, 2018
Arrested September 8, 2018. Charged under Art. 118 (2015 Code).
- Art. 118 (2015 Code)
- freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
- liberty and security of the person
- freedom of expression
- freedom of peaceful assembly
- freedom of association
- political participation
On September 8, 2018, Cuong was arrested while complying with the Security Investigation Agency’s invitation to work on his relationship with five other activists who had just been arrested. He was charged under Article 118 of the 2015 Penal Code for “disruption of security” and has been detained at police station No.4, Phan Dang Luu Street, Ho Chi Minh City.
Cuong was not allowed to meet his family until August 2, 2019, almost one year after his arrest. His wife said that Cuong’s health was not good because of alleged psychological torture.
Second Member of Hiến Pháp Group Charged with “Disruption of Security,” Facing Severe Sentence, Defend the Defenders, October 5, 2018
Nhiều tù nhân lương tâm Nhóm Hiến Pháp được gặp gia đình sau 11 tháng, Saigon Broadcasting Television Network, August 2, 2019
Bắt cóc dân rồi biệt giam, người vợ đã khụy ngã khi C.A cho gặp lại chồng với thân thể tiều tụy, suy nhược, Nha Nam Media, August 6, 2019
Profile last updated: 2020-01-16 03:03:39