Le Thi Binh
Current Status: Likely released - at risk
Other Names: Lê Thị Bình
Date of Birth: 1976
Last Known Prison: Long Tuyền prison, Can Tho Province
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:
- Former Political Prisoner
- Harsh Physical and Administrative Conditions
Former prisoner Le Thi Binh told Project 88 she had been fined 7.5 million dong for a video livestream on Facebook in January 2023. The police said Binh made false statements in the video when she accused them of harassing her when she went to the police station to inquire about some family matters. Binh said she told the police she wouldn’t pay the fine because she didn’t have the money.
Details - Background, History of Activism, Family Situation.
She is from Bình Thủy, Cần Thơ Province.
Binh participated in the peaceful nationwide protests against the draft Laws on Cybersecurity and Special Economic Zones on June 10, 2018. She posted on her Facebook many articles about Vietnamese issues. She was charged under Article 331 of the 2015 Criminal Code for “abusing democratic freedoms.”https://the88project.org/profile/160/le-minh-the/
Facebook name Ngoc Lan CT
Arrested December 22, 2020. Sentenced to 2 years in prison under Art. 331 (2015 Code). Expected Release is December 22, 2022.
- Art. 331 (2015 Code)
- freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
- liberty and security of the person
- freedom of expression
- fair trial
Binh was traveling by taxi from Cần Thơ toward Đồng Tháp when she was abducted in Bình Tân village, Vĩnh Long Province, around 8:30am as her taxi was chased and stopped by plainclothes men.
After the kidnapping, Can Tho Police broke into her house and searched it without a warrant. They said they found many incriminating documents “whose content is against the national interest."
On April 22, the People’s Court of Can Tho Province sentenced Le Thi Binh, 45, to two years in prison for “abusing democratic freedoms” through her social media accounts.
The government accused Binh of using her mobile phone between October 2019 to November 2020 to connect to the internet to livestream and post her opinions to get people to respond and criticize the government.
Project 88 spoke with Binh's family in early June 2022. Binh had been allowed to see her family since the Covid restrictions were lifted. According to her daughter, Binh was suffering from severe hair loss. The family raised concerns about Binh's health in prison. Her hair loss may be caused by contaminated water.
State-run Tuoi Tre announces arrest of Le Thi Binh
Nguoi Viet magazine’s account of Le thi Binh’s abduction from a taxi
Account of police illegally breaking into Binh’s home
Vietnamese Facebook User Jailed for Two Years for ‘Abusing Democratic Rights’, Radio Free Asia, April 22, 2021
Profile last updated: 2023-10-12 16:38:43