Dinh Thi Thu Thuy

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Dinh Thi Thu Thuy

Other Names: Đinh Thị Thu Thủy

Date of Birth: 1984

Gender: F

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Sales

Areas of Activism:

  • Digital rights
  • Rule of law
  • Anti-corruption
  • Freedom of expression
  • Sovereignty

August 2020:

Police in Hau Giang Province extended by four months the detention of Dinh Thi Thu Thuy. She has been held incommunicado for four months and if convicted could face a prison sentence of seven to 12 years.

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Thuy lives in Nga Bay City, Hau Giang Province.

Profile image: Thuy held a sign in protest of the Law on Special Economic Zones in 2018. Source

In June 2018, Thu Thuy participated in a national demonstration against the Law on Special Economic Zones and the Law on Cybersecurity. She was then accused of disrupting public order, arrested, and detained like many other participants at the time. In the temporary detention camp, she was reportedly beaten and harassed. 

The simple act of expression being punished by such arbitrary force affected her perspective about the current government. Thuy is now a fervent supporter of rule of law, freedom of expression, and democratization in Vietnam. Unfortunately, it has resulted in her being harassed and put under surveillance in the time since the June 2018 protest. 

Arrested April 18, 2020. Charged under Art. 117 (2015 Code).

April 18, 2020
  • Art. 117 (2015 Code)
Hau Giang province public security, Hau Giang province
Her house in Nga Bay City (map)
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression

According to the accusation against her, Thuy has opened multiple Facebook accounts to edit, post, and share thousands of documents defaming and slandering the Party’s leadership. The public security agents also added that during the “national war” against COVID-19, Thuy has used social media to distort the state’s policy and create confusion among the public. Our brief review of Thuy’s Facebook account shows that none of these accusations are credible. She simply criticized certain policies, which should be completely protected as an international right to freedom of expression. According to VOA, the authorities also confiscated several facemasks that have the “NO - U” logo. NO - U is a political movement protesting the territorial claims of China in the South China Sea.

Bắt nghi phạm dùng mạng xã hội chống phá nhà nước, Tuoi Tre Online, April 18, 2020  

Khởi tố đối tượng chống phá nhà nước, Công An Nhân Dân, April 19, 2020 

Bắt tạm giam Đinh Thị Thu Thủy, Hoi Co Do, April 19, 2020 

Hai phụ nữ Việt bị bắt vì các bài viết chống phá nhà nước, VOA Tiếng Việt, April 20, 2020

Tuần tin từ 5 tháng 4 đến 19 tháng 4, Vietnam Human Rights Defenders, April 20, 2020

Profile last updated: 2020-08-24 04:38:27

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