Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy
Current Status: Released - at risk
Other Names: Nguyễn Hữu Quốc Duy
Date of Birth: 1985
Last Known Prison: An Diem prison, Dai Loc district, Quang Nam province
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:
- Former Political Prisoner
On December 1, Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy gave an interview to Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Me Nam) about his time in prison. He revealed that he was frequently tortured by detention officials, causing his prolonged anemia. In his first instance trial, he was not allowed to meet with his defense counsel. They also applied different punishments to him when he violated any regulations in prison. His most terrible memory was the period of 20 days, from October 5 to 25, 2016, after he pretended to beat his cellmate to help that cellmate to be transferred to a more comfortable prison section. Prison officials chained his feet close to the wall and only allowed him to wear boxer shorts and eat two spoonfuls of rice and drink a small bottle of water at each meal. When he asked to meet with the detention supervisor to report discrimination against him, they tortured him with pepper spray, causing burns because he did not have a shirt to dry his skin.
Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy was released from prison on November 28 after serving a three-year sentence under Article 88 of the 1999 Criminal Code for his Facebook posts critical of the government.
Details - Background, History of Activism, Family Situation.
Duy is a college graduate with a degree in education and was working with his mother at a market prior to his arrest. He is from Khanh Hoa province.
Duy was arrested in November 2015 for onling postings that were critical of the Vietnamese government and for calling for the release of his cousin, Nguyen Huu Thien An, who was arrested in August 2015 for spray-painting an anti-Communist symbol. Duy was initially arrested with his cousin, then released, and later re-arrested.
Prisoners of Conscience in Vietnam, Amnesty International, April 2018 (PDF)
Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy, Freedom Now
Activists sentenced for "propaganda," Vietnam Right Now, August 24, 2016
Cousin activists jailed in Vietnam for 'propaganda,' Yahoo, August 24, 2016
Arrested November 21, 2015. Sentenced to 3 years in prison under Art. 88 (1999 Code). Released November 28, 2018.
- Art. 88 (1999 Code)
On August 23, 2016, Duy was sentenced to three years in prison under Article 88 of the 1999 Criminal Code in Khanh Hoa province. His appeal of his sentence was denied in December 2016. Supporters were blocked from attending the trial, and his family was not allowed in the courtroom. He had been in pre-trial detention for nine months. Nguyen Huu Thien An was sentenced to two years in prison, also under Article 88.
Duy was transferred to An Diem prison in Quang Nam from his native province of Khanh Hoa.
Duy was released from prison on November 28 after serving a three-year sentence under Article 88 of the 1999 Criminal Code for his Facebook posts critical of the government.
The US Embassy in Vietnam released a statement after the trial of Duy and his cousin, calling the convictions "inconsistent with the right to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly provided for in Vietnam’s Constitution, and with Vietnam’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as with other international commitments." They called for their immediate release from prison.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed worries over recent arrests in Vietnam, including that of Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy, and urged the Vietnamese government to repeal Article 88 and release political prisoners.
Vietnamese Online Activist Released After Serving Three-year Sentence, Radio Free Asia, November 28, 2018
Profile last updated: 2020-08-07 18:55:42