Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 19/2018 – Week of May 7-13
Greetings from The 88 Project! We are bringing you news, analysis, and actions regarding human rights and civil society in Vietnam during the week of May 7-13. Blogger Bui Hieu Vo was sentenced to four and a half years in prison on May 5 under Article 88. On the same day, former university employee Nguyen Duy Son was arrested on charges of “abusing democratic freedoms.” The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has opined that the detention of pro-democracy activist Luu Van Vinh is arbitrary. Coming up, May 16 marks five years since Dinh Nguyen Kha was tried and sentenced to six years in prison; he has been denied medical treatment while imprisoned. Family members of recently-tried Brotherhood for Democracy members were prohibited from meeting with foreign diplomats this week, and local communities have responded to attacks on Catholic nuns and parishioners in two separate incidents. In the news, read about environmental activism in Vietnam and female activists. Please take action for Ho Duy Hai, who is facing the death penalty despite judicial questions surrounding the validity of his case.
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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.