Nguyen Tri Gioan

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

Photo of Nguyen Tri Gioan

Other Names: Nguyễn Trí Gioãn

Date of Birth: 1979

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Farmer

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Sovereignty

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Denial of Family Visit/Punitive Prison Transfer
  • Online commentator

January 2022:

Nguyen Tri Gioan, who was sentenced in November 2021 to seven years in prison for engaging in “anti-State propaganda,” has begun to serve his prison sentence—but in a location at least 300km from his hometown near Cam Ranh.

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Nguyen Tri Gioan lives and works in Cam Thuan Ward, Cam Ranh City, Khanh Hoa Province.

Profile photo source: Khanh Hoa Online

Gioan has a considerable history involved in democratic activism. He participated in the demonstrations against the draft Law of Special Economic Zones, and he voiced his concerns and criticisms online against the Communist Party since 2018.  

A more detailed timeline of his activism is as follows:

February 2018: Gioan created a Facebook account and started posting commentary critical of the government. 

June 2018: He was detained and fined after participating in national protests in Ho Chi Minh City. He was fined 750,000 dong for “disturbing public order.”

August 2018: He was summoned by Khanh Hoa provincial police (Cam Ranh City) to discuss his Facebook posts. He was asked to remove the critical posts. He promised to do so, as well as stop posting, but he did not. 

In 2019, he created a new Facebook account for more posts.

Arrested November 15, 2021. Sentenced to 7 years in prison and 3 years probation under Art. 117 (2015 Code). Expected Release is November 15, 2028.

November 15, 2021
  • Art. 117 (2015 Code)
Cam Ranh City public security, Khanh Hoa province
Cam Ranh City (map)
November 15, 2021
The People's Court of Khanh Hoa province
7 years in prison and 3 years probation
November 15, 2028
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • fair trial

Gioan was accused of using two Facebook accounts to post and disseminate poems and pictures deemed defamatory and libelous against Ho Chi Minh, the Communist Party, and other Party leaders, from 2018 to 2019. To justify the seven year-imprisonment against Gioan, the court and the procuracy cited a total of just 13 posts. See the section on “History of Activism” for more details on his online and in-person activism. 

Gioan is also subject to a three year-probation, according to the judgment.


The 88 Project is so far unable to verify his arrest date, so we have listed the trial date as the arrest date for the time being and will continue to seek more information. 

Profile last updated: 2022-02-01 03:50:21

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