Nguyen Thai Hung

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

Photo of Nguyen Thai Hung

Other Names: Nguyễn Thái Hưng

Date of Birth: August 19, 1976

Gender: M

Religion: Christian

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Blogger

Last Known Prison: Prison No. B5, Dong Nai province

Areas of Activism:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Democracy
  • Human rights
  • Sovereignty
  • Police Brutality

Nguyen Thai Hung’s appeal trial is scheduled for March 29. Hung and his wife Vu Thi Kim Hoang were arrested in January 2022 and convicted of “abusing democratic freedoms” last November. Hung received a four-year sentence while his wife got two and a half years. However, Kim Hoang was released on bail last April after spending four months in pre-trial detention.

Details - Background, History of Activism, Family Situation, Contact Information.

Nguyen Thai Hung lives and works in Dong Nai Province. He is the owner of the YouTube channel “Nói Bằng Thực TV", sharing his views on “the current situation of the country.”

Nguyen Thai Hung profile photo source Radio Free Asia

Hung has been sharing his views on the YouTube channel since January 2020, which has been followed by nearly 40,000 subscribers. At the time of this writing, the account is still active, however, all videos on his channel are no longer available since his arrest on January 5, 2022. 

Moreover, his Facebook account is accessible, but the most recent post, which discussed the death of a young soldier, Tran Duc Do, is from July 2021. From what we read on his Facebook account, Hung has raised his voice about life under Communist rule in Vietnam, police brutality, anti-corruption, democracy, and current issues in Vietnamese society in terms of social, political, and economical problems. 

He has two children. His wife, Vu Thi Kim Hoang, was arrested on the same day as him. She was charged with “abusing democratic freedoms” under Article 331 of the 2015 Criminal Code.

Arrested January 5, 2022. Sentenced to 4 years in prison under Art. 331 (2015 Code).

January 5, 2022
  • Art. 331 (2015 Code)
Tan Phu district public security, Dong Nai province
Phu Xuan Ward, Tan Phu District, Dong Nai province (map)
November, 2022
The People's Court of Tan Phu District, Dong Nai Province
Nguyen Van Mieng
4 years in prison
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • fair trial

On January 5, 2022, local police in the southern province of Dong Nai broke into Hung's home and arrested him and his wife, Vu Thi Kim Hoang, while he was live streaming criticism of the government on YouTube. 

Hung was arrested while the camera was still rolling, therefore, the viewers of the livestream were able to witness the incident, which was recorded by RFA and is available here

According to the recorded video, Hung was talking about the new law on traffic violations. About 20 minutes into the broadcast, Hung suddenly heard something that sounded like glass breaking, so he left his computer to see what was happening. Shortly after, a man in an orange “Electricity of Vietnam” uniform appeared in the livestream frame, shouting, “Stay still. Don’t move.” At that point, the webcam was turned down to show only a corner of the table and what looks to be a script. The surreal video clip, which captured the sounds of breaking glass and shouting men, has since gone viral.

Vu Giang Tien, the sister-in-law of Hung, said that the incident took place around 6 pm on January 5. Four men suddenly entered the house and broke the glass door to open it. The two kids of Hung and Hoang were taken to an upstairs room to be interrogated, which is totally unlawful. Shortly after, many uniformed police came and surrounded the house. They searched the house, making a mess; then they arrested Hung and his wife. The intense forceful entry made it seem like a burglary at first. The couple was taken away around 10 pm.

At the time, the couple’s family was neither shown any warrants for arrests nor told why this had happened. 

On January 7, 2022, the family went to the Tan Phu police station to find out more and were handed an announcement by police, stating that Hoang had been arrested for “abusing democratic freedoms” under Article 331 of the 2015 Criminal Code.

The Dong Nai authorities have yet to make any official statement on Hung’s case. He is still being held and the family has not been allowed to see him since his arrest.

February 2022

Nguyen Thai Hung has been infected with Covid-19, his family reported, though they don’t know where he’s being held.

Profile last updated: 2023-03-26 00:56:46

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