Le Quy Loc
Current Status: Pre-trial detention
Other Names: Lê Quý Lộc
Date of Birth: December 2, 1976
Current Prison: HCM city Police detention center, No. 4 Phan Dang Luu, Ho Chi Minh city
Areas of Activism:
- Human rights
- Hiến Pháp
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 defends 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.
Authorities have postponed the trial of eight people under charges of “disrupting security,” which was supposed to be held on January 14, 2020; this is the second time the trial was postponed. According to the court decision, the reason for this postponement was to address the request of Le Quy Loc, a defendant in the case, about his invitation for a witness. The group of eight defendants includes Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, Hoang Thi Thu Vang, Do The Hoa, Ho Dinh Cuong, Tran Thanh Phuong, Ngo Van Dung, Doan Thi Hong and Le Quy Loc. Some are members of the Hien Phap group, established on June 16, 2017, with the aim to promote people’s understanding of their human rights in the 2013 Constitution.
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.
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 3, 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 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.
Profile last updated: 2020-01-22 16:42:14