Nguyen Nam Phong

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

Photo of Nguyen Nam Phong

Other Names: Nguyễn Nam Phong

Date of Birth: August 15, 1980

Gender: M

Religion: Christian (Catholic)

Ethnicity: Kinh

Current Prison: Ha Tinh province police detention center, Ha Tinh province

Areas of Activism:

  • Environment

April 2019:

Nguyen Nam Phong has been in prison for over a year. He was the main financial supporter of a family with three children. Phong and his wife's eldest daughter, who is a ninth-grader, has been diagnosed with cancer, causing her a bruised and painful right leg. A week ago, doctors advised the family to amputate her leg to extend her survival, which would make the situation even harder for the family. Therefore, many are calling for help for Phong’s family in overcoming this difficult situation.

Details - History of Activism.

Nguyen Nam Phong was the driver for Catholic priest Nguyen Dinh Thuc from the Song Ngoc parish and activist Hoang Duc Binh when Hoang Duc Binh was arrested on May 15 in Nghe An province. Binh was escorting priest Nguyen Dinh Thuc from the Song Ngoc parish in Dien Chau district to Vinh city. The police stopped their car in Dien Chau district’s center and violently removed Binh from the car.  When the police ordered the driver, Phong, to open the car to let them to take Binh out, Phong refused.

Arrested November 28, 2017. Sentenced to 2 years in prison under Art. 330 (2015 Code). Expected Release is November 28, 2019.

November 28, 2017
  • Art. 330 (2015 Code)
Nghe An province public security, Nghe An province
February 6, 2018
The People's Court of Dien Chau district, Nghe An province
2 years in prison
November 28, 2019
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • humane treatment in detention
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • not be subjected to torture and degrading treatment
  • fair trial

Nguyen Nam Phong was arrested on November 28, 2017, and charged with “resisting persons in the performance of their official duties” under Article 330 of the 2015 Criminal Code. He was tried together with Hoang Duc Binh.

January 2018:

Phong and Hoang Duc Binh were supposed to face trial on January 25, but the trial was rescheduled just before it was about to begin. 

February 2018:

Hoang Duc Binh was sentenced to 14 years in prison; Nguyen Nam Phong was sentenced to two years. 

September 2018:

Political prisoner Nguyen Nam Phong’s wife, Mrs. Yen, said that Phong was beaten many times when he was held in Nguyen Kim detention center, Nghe An province. Police brought a picture of Ho Chi Minh to him and forced Phong to greet him, and then continued beating Phong. They also slandered Phong with terrible words and scolded him, saying, “You follow the exiled reactionaries!” In August, Mrs. Yen and their three children visited Phong in Ha Tinh provincial detention center. His health was in poor condition due to forced labor. 

January 2018:

Human Rights Watch called for Binh and Phong's releases ahead of the scheduled trial. Brad Adams, Asia Director, stated: “There is no sign that Vietnam is slowing down its intensive crackdown on rights activists in the last 14 month." 

February 2018:

Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the US Department of State, released a statement speaking out against the convictions of Binh and Phong, stating: "The United States is deeply troubled that a Vietnamese court has convicted and sentenced peaceful labor and environmental activist Hoang Duc Binh and Nguyen Nam Phong to fourteen years and two years in prison, respectively, under vague articles of the Penal code."

On February 23, UN human rights experts called on the government of Vietnam to release individuals jailed for protesting the Formosa chemical spill.

Profile last updated: 2019-04-24 04:00:40

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