Pham Van Hai

Current Status: At risk

Photo of Pham Van Hai

Other Names: Phạm Văn Hải

Date of Birth:

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Engineer

Areas of Activism:

  • Sovereignty



Hai studied mechanical engineering in 1993. From 1990 on, he learned to code and then became an expert in information technology.

He currently lives in Nha Trang.

History of Activism

Through his blog and his personal Facebook page, Hai has written many posts to express his concerns about the Vietnamese regime. His posts denounce human rights violations, poor economic and political management, and the alleged weak reaction of the Vietnamese regime to maritime sovereignty issues with China. 

On August 18, 2019, Hai and his friends were detained and interrogated in Nha Trang for protesting against Chinese maritime moves.

August 18, 2019: detained and interrogated for protesting against China in Nha Trang

August 18, 2019
Public security
Hon Chong cafe, Vinh Phuoc ward, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province (map)

  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly

On August 18, 2019, four activists were detained for protesting alleged violations of Vietnamese sovereignty by Chinese naval vessels. Five activists went to Hon Chong coffee shop, where there are many Chinese tourists, to hold posters at the entrance with written words such as “away with China," “China get out of Vietnam’s EEZ," etc. However, the manager of the coffee shop didn’t allow them to protest, tried to destroy their signs, and called the police. One activist escaped, but the other four were held and questioned before being released. They were detained from 11am to 3pm at the police station of Vinh Phuoc ward, Nha Trang city.

Profile last updated: 2024-06-13 20:34:06

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