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Le Quy Loc

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

Photo of Le Quy Loc

Other Names: Lê Quý Lộc

Date of Birth: December 2, 1976

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Driver

Current Prison: HCM city Police detention center, No. 4 Phan Dang Luu, Ho Chi Minh city

Areas of Activism:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Democracy
  • Environment
  • Human rights
  • Sovereignty

Known Afilliations:

  • Hiến Pháp

July 2020:

On July 31, the People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City sentenced eight defendants, some of whom are members of the Hien Phap constitutional rights group, to prison sentences ranging from two and a half years to-eight years on charges of “disrupting security.” The sentences were as follows:

  • Ngo Van Dung: five years in prison and two years of probation
  • Hoang Thi Thu Vang: seven years in prison and three years of probation
  • Do The Hoa: five years in prison and two years of probation
  • Ho Dinh Cuong: four and a half  years in prison and two years of probation
  • Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh: eight years in prison and three years of probation
  • Tran Thanh Phuong: three and a half years in prison and two years of probation
  • Le Quy Loc: five years in prison and three years of probation
  • Doan Thi Hong: two and a half years in prison and two years of probation

Family members and supporters were not allowed to attend the trial, and neither were US government representatives. One representative of the German Embassy was allowed to attend.

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Le Quy Loc is a taxi driver.

Profile photo source: LamDong Vu

According to Facebooker LamDong Vu, Loc is a member of Hien Phap (Constitution) group, established on June 16, 2017, with the aim to promote peoples’ understanding of their human rights in the 2013 Constitution. 

Hien Phap 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, including Loc, were arrested prior to the scheduled demonstration.

Arrested September 3, 2018. Sentenced to 5 years in prison and 3 years probation under Art. 118 (2015 Code). Expected Release is September 3, 2023.

September 3, 2018
  • Art. 118 (2015 Code)
Ho Chi Minh city public security, Ho Chi Minh city
Ho Chi Minh City (map)
July 31, 2020
The People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City
Nguyen Van Mieng
5 years in prison and 3 years probation
September 3, 2023
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • freedom of association
  • fair trial
  • political participation

On September 3, 2018, Loc was arrested along with other seven members of the Hien Phap (Constitution) group during the crackdown on a potential protest in Ho Chi Minh City in September 2018. 

The Investigation Agency of Ho Chi Minh City then released an announcement on his contemporary detention on September 04, 2019. Loc was prosecuted for “disturbing public order” under the charge of Article 118 of the 2015 Penal Code. More than one year after his arrest, Loc has still defended against the accusation, without being permitted to meet any relatives until August 4, 2019, in which he asked for his family’s support to secure him a lawyer. According to the latest information in August 2019, he now has lawyer Nguyen Van Mieng as a defense counsel.

November 2019:

On November 29, 2019, Le Quy Loc, who was arrested on September 3, 2018, on the accusation of “disrupting security,” was finally able to consult an attorney for his case. The People’s Procuracy of Ho Chi Minh City issued the Notification of Defense Attorney Approval, which recognizes Attorney Nguyen Van Mieng as Loc’s lawyer.  More than a year after his arrest, Loc still defended his innocence, and he was not permitted to meet with any relatives until August 4, 2019, when he asked for his family’s support to secure him a lawyer. 

Eight activists were supposed face trial by the People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City on March 10, 2020 on charges of "disrupting security" under Article 118 of the 2015 Criminal Code. Authorities had previously postponed the trial twice. The group of eight defendants included Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, Hoang Thi Thu VangDo The HoaHo Dinh CuongTran Thanh PhuongNgo Van DungDoan Thi Hong and Le Quy Loc. Some are members of the Hien Phap group. The trial, however, was again canceled. 

July 2020:

After several postponements of the trial, on July 31, the People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City sentenced eight defendants, some of whom are members of the Hien Phap constitutional rights group, to prison sentences ranging from two and a half years to-eight years on charges of “disrupting security.” The sentences were as follows:

  • Ngo Van Dung: five years in prison and two years of probation
  • Hoang Thi Thu Vang: seven years in prison and three years of probation
  • Do The Hoa: five years in prison and two years of probation
  • Ho Dinh Cuong: four and a half  years in prison and two years of probation
  • Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh: eight years in prison and three years of probation
  • Tran Thanh Phuong: three and a half years in prison and two years of probation
  • Le Quy Loc: five years in prison and three years of probation
  • Doan Thi Hong: two and a half years in prison and two years of probation


Family members and supporters were not allowed to attend the trial, and neither were US government representatives. One representative of the German Embassy was allowed to attend.

May 2020:

Le Quy Loc‘s wife posted on her Facebook that her husband was beaten up in prison and had to be admitted to the hospital. He was hospitalized as a result of the beating. The reason why he was attacked was unknown at the time. 

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July 2020:

According to Defend the Defenders, Le Quy Loc and Ngo Van Dung were beaten so harshly at Phan Dang Luu Temporary Detention Center that they had to be sent for external treatment for several days at a hospital; in addition, Doan Thi Hong has reported extremely difficult prison conditions, possibly even torture. 

 

Profile last updated: 2020-08-03 14:59:36

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