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Week of December 2, 2018

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc. Used in the Amnesty International Report: ASA 41/007/2013 – Silenced Voices. Prisoners of Conscience in Viet Nam

Please take action for Tran Huynh Duy Thuc after he was potentially poisoned in prison on November 20. Please share the open letter written by Thuc’s daughter demanding that Vietnam protect Thuc’s health in prison and uphold its obligations to the UN’s Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Giving Tuesday thank you

A big thanks to everyone who donated on Giving Tuesday, but also to all of our ongoing supporters! Your support makes it possible for us to share information about activists at risk and political prisoners and report on their arrests, trials, health, motivations for activism, and more. You can donate anytime on our website to support projects like our newsletter, Vietnam Political Prisoner Database, and interviews with activists.

Tran Thi Nga_campaign

Please take action with Amnesty International for Tran Thi Nga, an imprisoned labor rights activist. She has been facing harsh conditions in prison, including death threats from her cellmate. Send a message demanding that Vietnam protect Nga from ill treatment, release her from prison immediately, and investigate the allegations against her cellmate.

Newsletter Week of November 6-11

Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen and family

Michael Nguyen and family, Source: Mark Roberts via Los Angeles Times
Take action for US citizen Michael Nguyen, who was detained in Vietnam four months ago; still, no formal charges have been announced against him. He is not permitted visits form lawyers nor family. Little information has been available about his case, even to US officials. Call on Vietnamese authorities to release him from detention by signing this petition on Change.org.

Newsletter Week of October 22-28

Please also take action with English PEN by writing to Vietnamese leaders to support Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh‘s (Mother Mushroom) release but also to call on them to allow her to return home to Vietnam and to release the dozens of other political prisoners who remain behind bars.

Newsletter Week of September 17-23

Please take action with Amnesty International for Tran Thi Nga, an imprisoned labor rights activist. She is facing harsh conditions in prison, including death threats at the hands of her cellmate. Send a message demanding that Vietnam protect Nga from ill treatment, release her from prison immediately, and investigate the allegations against her cellmate.

Newsletter Week of September 10-16

Take action with ACAT-France for Tran Thi Nga. Nga, an imprisoned labor rights activist, has been facing unsafe conditions in prison, having to live with a cellmate who verbally and physically assaults her. Share the news and call upon Vietnam to ensure Nga’s safety and to protect her from ill-treatment and torture.

Newsletter Week of August 20-26

Take action with Amnesty International for Tran Thi Nga, who has endured beatings and death threats at the hands of her assigned cellmate as part of alleged retaliation from prison authorities. Call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately ensure Nga’s safety and to release her from prison.

Newsletter Week of August 13-19

In light of recent detentions of peaceful protesters and activists in Vietnam, consider contributing to the Doan Ket Fund, a fund established by the NOW! Campaign to support political prisoners in Vietnam. “Doan Ket” is Vietnamese for “solidarity.” All donations go directly and entirely to political prisoners and their families or to individuals identified by the NOW! Campaign as at risk of arrest, detention, and imprisonment.

Newsletter Week of July 30-August 5

You can take action for Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen, calling on Vietnamese authorities to release him from detention, by signing this petition on Change.org.  “For any government to incarcerate anyone without any probable cause is a blatant violation of human rights and of international law, especially if the detained is a citizen of another country,” says the petition, which hopes to raise enough signatures to be sent to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Newsletter Week of July 23-29

Please take Amnesty International’s Urgent Action for Pham Van Troi, Truong Minh Duc, and Nguyen Trung Ton. You can also take Front Line Defender’s action for Nguyen Trung Ton, Pham Van Troi, Nguyen Bac Truyen, and Truong Minh Duc, calling for their immediate release from prison.

Newsletter Week of July 16-22

Take Amnesty International’s Urgent Action for Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who is suffering from poor health in prison, including pain from curled fingers and toes. She is also currently on a hunger strike. Take action for Quynh, demanding that Vietnam release her immediately and provide adequate medical care until her release.

Newsletter Week of July 2-8

Please take Amnesty International’s Urgent Action for Hoang Duc Binh, a labor and environmental activist who was sentenced to fourteen years in prison on February 6, 2018. His appeal of his sentence was denied on April 24, and he was recently transferred to a new prison, far away from his family, without notice. Please take the Urgent Action, calling for Binh’s release from prison and protection from mistreatment thereafter.

Newsletter Week of June 18-24

You can support Will Nguyen by signing a petition for his release at change.org or donating through Go Fund Me to help his family cover the cost of legal fees.

Newsletter Week of May 21-27

Please take action for Tran Huynh Duy Thuc for the occasion of the ninth anniversary of his arrest. We ask you to share the information on his case with your networks, continue to advocate for his release by writing your representatives and the Vietnamese government, write to his family at the address below to support them in their long journey to demand justice for Thuc, as well as donate to the Conscience Foundation with a specific request to support his family.

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc’s family’s contact information:
Tran Van Huynh
439 F8 duong Phan Van Tri
Quan Go Vap
TP HCM
Tel: +84903350117

Newsletter Week of May 14-20

Amnesty International has released a new Urgent Action for Tran Anh Kim. Kim, a pro-democracy activist and former military officer, is serving a 13-year sentence for his peaceful activities. Kim is in poor health in prison. Please take the Urgent Action, calling on Vietnam to provide him with proper medical care and immediately release him from prison.

Newsletter Week of May 7-13

Take action with Amnesty International for Ho Duy Hai. Hai faces the death penalty for a 2008 charge, but the Committee on Judicial Affairs of the National Assembly urged a review of his case in 2015 due to violations of international legal standards. Despite this, a government official publicly called for Hai’s execution in late 2017. Read more on his case in this article by The Vietnamese.

Newsletter Week of April 30-May 6

Please take Front Line Defenders’s Urgent Appeal for Nguyen Van Hoa, calling on authorities to immediately release him from prison. Download the pdf appeal, here.

Newsletter Week of April 23-29

Amnesty International released an Urgent Action for Hoang Duc Binh, a labor and environmental activist who was sentenced to fourteen years in prison on February 6, 2018. His appeal of his sentence was denied on April 24. Please take the Urgent Action, calling for Binh’s release from prison and protection from mistreatment thereafter.

Newsletter Week of April 9-15

Please share the cases of the four activists sentenced this week, and take action for Nguyen Van Dai and his five co-defendants, as well as Nguyen Trung Truc, Nguyen Van Tuc, and Tran Thi Xuan, with The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture. Use their guide and contact information to write to the Vietnamese government to call for the immediate and unconditional release of the prisoners, the improved treatment of human rights defenders, and Vietnam’s compliance with international human rights agreements.

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Watch videos from our Freedom of Expression Interview series or watch our documentary, The Repression of Cyber Dissidents, to learn more about Vietnamese activists and their stories. Check out our Vietnam Political Prisoner Database, and stay informed with our Timeline regarding Vietnam and freedom of expression.

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