Profile

Lau A Lenh

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

Photo of Lau A Lenh

Date of Birth: 1970

Gender: M

Religion: Christian

Ethnicity: Hmong

Areas of Activism:

  • Religious freedom

Communities At Risk:

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Denial of Legal Representation
  • Violence concern

Details

Background

Profile photo source: Toui Tre

Sentenced to life in prison under Art. 109 (2015 Code).

  • Art. 109 (2015 Code)
Gia Lai province public security, Gia Lai province
Muong Nhe District (map)
March 18, 2020
The People's Court of Dien Bien Province
None
life in prison
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of association
  • fair trial
  • freedom of belief and religion
  • political participation
Details of Imprisonment

On March 18, 2020, the People’s Court of Dien Bien sentenced Sung A Sinh and Lau A Lenh to life in prison. They were both charged with overthrowing the state and establishing a separate state in northwestern Vietnam. According to the indictment, Sinh and Lenh persuaded other ethnic Hmong in August 2018 and March 2019 to establish a Hmong state in the Muong Nhe district of Dien Bien.

In 2010, the authorities discovered that Lenh was trying to set up an independent Hmong state within Vietnam, and he was convicted then as well but fled. From 2018 onwards, Lenh again discussed the idea with Sinh and many other members of his tribe.

Twelve others were considered accomplices and sentenced from two to 20 years in prison for the same crime. No information is available about the others.

Lenh's arrest date is unknown, so we have listed the trial date as the arrest date temporarily. 

Note: It has come to our attentiont that there are allegations of violence in this case. We recognize the concern and will investigate it to the best of our abilities, but we also recognize that the authoriteis often claim violent methods in order to try to discredit activists. These allegations cannot be taken for granted in the absence of a free press environment.

Resources

Vietnam Jails Two Hmong Men For Life in Alleged Campaign to Set up Separate Ethnic State, Radio Free Asia, March 19, 2020

Tuyên án chung thân 2 đối tượng hoạt động nhằm lật đổ chính quyền nhân dân, Lao Dong, March 18, 2020 

Điện Biên: Tuyên 2 án chung thân cho các đối tượng cầm đầu hoạt động lật đổ chính quyền Nhân dân, Dan Toc va Phat trien, March 19, 2020

March 18, 2020: trial

March 18, 2020
Muong Nhe District (map)

  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of association
  • fair trial
  • freedom of belief and religion
  • political participation
Details of Imprisonment

On March 18, 2020, the People’s Court of Dien Bien sentenced Sung A Sinh and Lau A Lenh to life in prison. They were both charged with overthrowing the state and establishing a separate state in northwestern Vietnam. According to the indictment, Sinh and Lenh persuaded other ethnic Hmong in August 2018 and March 2019 to establish a Hmong state in the Muong Nhe district of Dien Bien.

In 2010, the authorities discovered that Lenh was trying to set up an independent Hmong state within Vietnam, and he was convicted then as well but fled. From 2018 onwards, Lenh again discussed the idea with Sinh and many other members of his tribe.

Twelve others were considered accomplices and sentenced from two to 20 years in prison for the same crime. No information is available about the others.

Lenh's arrest date is unknown, so we have listed the trial date as the arrest date temporarily. 

Note: It has come to our attentiont that there are allegations of violence in this case. We recognize the concern and will investigate it to the best of our abilities, but we also recognize that the authoriteis often claim violent methods in order to try to discredit activists. These allegations cannot be taken for granted in the absence of a free press environment.

Resources

Vietnam Jails Two Hmong Men For Life in Alleged Campaign to Set up Separate Ethnic State, Radio Free Asia, March 19, 2020

Tuyên án chung thân 2 đối tượng hoạt động nhằm lật đổ chính quyền nhân dân, Lao Dong, March 18, 2020 

Điện Biên: Tuyên 2 án chung thân cho các đối tượng cầm đầu hoạt động lật đổ chính quyền Nhân dân, Dan Toc va Phat trien, March 19, 2020

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

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