Tran Hoang Minh

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

Photo of Tran Hoang Minh

Other Names: Trần Hoàng Minh

Date of Birth: 1990

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Areas of Activism:

  • Land rights

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Violence concern
  • Online commentator

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Minh lives in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi City.

Profile photo: Tran Hoang Minh at trial. Source

Minh does not have an extensive history of activism. However, he has been sharing information and opinions concerning  government public policies and social matters in Vietnam since 2009, via his Facebook account. In 2018, Minh also created a Facebook group called “The Inhumane faceless communism” to discuss issues with other people.

Arrested September, 2020. Sentenced to 5 years in prison under Art. 331 (2015 Code). Expected Release is September, 2025.

September, 2020
  • Art. 331 (2015 Code)
Hanoi city public security, Hanoi
Hanoi (map)
July 20, 2021
The People's Court of Hanoi, Hanoi
5 years in prison
September, 2025
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • fair trial

He was accused of posting and sharing 51 posts (from 2009 to 2020) that contained defamatory and offensive information against the Party’s leadership and/or the State’s policies. Most notably, during the Dong Tam incident and related trials, Minh challenged the legitimacy of Ha Noi’s public security agency. Reportedly, he also wrote a post titled “Dong Tam residents should kill Judge Truong Viet Toan” (Truong Viet Toan chaired and announced the final judgment of the Dong Tam case). We cannot verify the content of this post, but it appears that the title could be rhetorical. We note the allegation of violence in this profile, and while we do not condone violence, we also believe that in the absence of a free press environment, the State’s allegations should be looked at with some skepticism. 

Minh turned himself into the authorities in September 2020, after being summoned several times by the public security.

Profile last updated: 2021-09-06 22:04:47

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