Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu

Other Names: Trần Thị Tuyết Diệu

Date of Birth: 1988

Gender: F

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Journalist

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Human rights

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Online commentator

March 2021:

The trial for freelance journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu, originally set for March 22, was suddenly cancelled at the last minute. Her attorney said he arrived at the courthouse and was informed there would be no trial, without being given a reason why or told when the trial would be rescheduled. Dieu used to work for a state-run paper in Phu Yen Province. She has been charged with “anti-state propaganda” under Article 117 of the 2015 Criminal Code and has been held incommunicado since her arrest in August 2020 until very recently, when she was finally allowed to see her lawyer. 

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Tuyet Dieu lived and worked in her hometown of Phu Yen as a journalist for the local Phu Yen newspaper for around seven years. In 2019, Dieu moved to Ho Chi Minh City and has worked as an independent journalist and also a part-time tour guide.

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Tuyet Dieu started to discuss the political and human rights conditions in Vietnam online when she was a journalist at Phu Yen Newspaper. She also showed her strong support for Nguyen Viet Dung, another political prisoner who was jailed for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and political participation. 

Due to her political expressions, Tuyet Dieu was forced to resign from her position at the newspaper in 2017. However, Dieu continued to use Facebook and other online platforms to communicate her political views and information to the public.

Arrested August 21, 2020. Charged under Art. 117 (2015 Code).

August 21, 2020
  • Art. 117 (2015 Code)
Phu Yen province public security, Phu Yen Province
Tay Hoa District (map)
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression

According to the official indictment, the public security accuses Tuyet Dieu of establishing and operating several Facebook and Youtube accounts to “distort” the State’s policy, “defaming” the party’s leadership, and “slandering” against the evolutionary history. She was arrested at her parents’ house after leaving Ho Chi Minh City to visit them.

Profile last updated: 2021-03-29 02:34:43

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