Le Dinh Kinh
Current Status: Deceased
Other Names: Lê Đình Kình
Date of Birth: 1936
Areas of Activism:
- Land rights
Communities At Risk:
- Hoanh Village, Dong Tam Commune
In a report released by Hanoi police investigators, authorities are formalizing charges of murder against 25 residents of Dong Tam Commune who were arrested after a violent early morning raid by local public security forces left three police officers and the leader of the village dead. Four others also face different charges. The report raised more questions in an already disputed case, such as “why DNA identifications were not made of the three police officers who died in the assault, reportedly by burning” and details of the case of Bui Viet Hieu, an elder activist who was shot and injured during the raid.
Details - Background, History of Activism, Family Situation.
Le Dinh Kinh lived and worked in Dong Tam Commune, Hanoi. He had been a senior member of the Communist Party for 47 years. He held several leading public offices in the local government, including the chairperson of the commune’s People’s Committee, the secretary of the commune Party branch, and leader of local public security force.
In 2014, when the authorities decided to give Dong Senh, a traditionally cultivated land belonging to Dong Tam residents, to Viettel for alleged commercial development, Le Dinh Kinh became the leader of the local movement to fight against this decision.
After that, Le Dinh Kinh was subjected to serious mistreatment and harassment. In 2017, he was kidnapped by the local public security force, and during this time, public security agents also broke his leg.
With the strong support of his family and the local population, Kinh was able to continue to resist the authorities.
Thôn Hoành hồ hởi đón cụ Lê Đình Kình trở về, Kiem Sat Online, May 2, 2017
Vụ Đồng Tâm: Ông Lê Đình Kình nói về thông tin nhận bồi dưỡng cả trăm triệu, Dân Việt, July 5, 2019
Âm mưu nào đằng sau vụ bôi nhọ ông Lê Đình Kình?, Voice of America, September 18, 2019
Vietnamese Activist’s Bank Account Frozen After Collecting Donations for Dong Tam, The Union Journal, January 22, 2020
January 9, 2020: arbitrarily killed in police raid
- freedom of expression
- not be subjected to torture and degrading treatment
- respect of privacy, family, home, and correspondence
- Defend the Defenders
- Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam
- The 88 Project
- Vietnamese civil society groups
Dong Tam is a rural commune belonging to My Duc District, Hanoi City, now also named after the long-standing land conflict between the residents of Hoanh Village and the government concerning the legal status of the traditionally agricultural land called Dong Senh. The conflict started in 2014, when the government tried to ban residents from entering and cultivating in Dong Senh. The hostility continued for several years and quickly attracted national attention when the leader of the village, Le Dinh Kinh, was allegedly kidnapped by public security forces, resulting in a serious leg injury in 2017. Subsequently, the villagers took dozens of public security officers hostage when they were surrounding Hoanh Village. Things only deescalated after Le Dinh Kinh was released. The 2020 deadly incident was unexpected by many observers.
While the authorities accused Le Dinh Kinh of orchestrating an attack against the public security force, at 3:00 am on January 9, 2020, some 3,000 police officers descended on Dong Tam village and attacked Kinh’s house with ammunition and without any warrant. Kinh was asleep and was with his wife and other members of the family. Du Thi Thanh’s testimony asserts that he did not participate in any previous attack and was still alive when they forcefully took him away. During his funeral, the public security also barred many people from all over the country from visiting and heavily controlled the private event.
The 88 Project and seven Vietnamese human rights organizations sent a joint letter to EU Members of Parliament calling for action to postpone the ratification of the EVFTA until Vietnam showed genuine improvement of human rights conditions.
Dong Tam village: Anger in Vietnam over deadly 'land grab' raid, The BBC, January 16, 2020
Vietnam's battalions of 'cyber-armies' silencing online dissent, Aljazeera, January 17, 2020
Lê Đình Kình’s Wife – Dư Thị Thành’s Testimony of the Police Attack in Dong Tam on January 9, 2020, The 88 Project, January 22, 2020
At Vietnam’s ‘Dong Tam Massacre’, activists claim government attacked its own citizens, South China Morning Post, January 15, 2020
Eight Organizations’ Joint Letter to EU Members of Parliament in Light of Recent Brutality in Dong Tam Village, The 88 Project, January 24, 2020
Trinh Ba Phuong's Statement and Du Thi Thanh's Letter on the Events at Dong Tam on January 9, 2020, The 88 Project, February 8, 2020
Profile last updated: 2020-06-15 02:03:25