June 1, 2015
Vietnam Human Rights Defenders’ Weekly May 25-31, 2015: Blogger Truong Duy Nhat Completes His Two-year Imprisonment
Defenders’ Weekly | May 31, 2015
On May 26, prominent blogger Truong Duy Nhat was released after two years in jail. He said the imprisonment will not break him but made him stronger in fighting for justice.
On May 18, famous professor Nguyen Hue Chi was not allowed to travel abroad.
The Vietnam Women for Human Rights Association has voiced to condemn brutal beating against Hoang Thi Hue by neighbors who are supported by local authorities.
Over 30 domestic and foreign organizations called for unconditional release of democracy activist Tran Huynh Duy Thuc who was sentenced to 16 years in jail for exercising freedom of expression.
And other news.
Land Petitioner Hoang Thi Hue Severely Beaten by Invaders Who Receive Support from Local Authorities
On May 25, Hoang Thi Hue from the southern province of Dong Nai, was brutally beaten by Do Thi Ngot, whose family has land dispute with the family of Hue.
Last year, Ms. Hue was also attacked by Le Van Lien, who is a village policeman. After being beaten, Hue was hospitalized where she spent for months to treat the injuries caused by Lien.
The family of Hue has filled numerous petitions on land dispute, however, its voice was ignored.
The Vietnam Women for Human Rights Association visited Ms. Hue and called on other people to help her to overcome difficulties and seek justice.
Vietnam Prominent Blogger Released after Two Years in Jail
Vietnamese prominent blogger Truong Duy Nhat was released on May 26 after completing a two-year imprisonment for “abusing rights to freedom and democracy to violate state interests” under the Penal Code.
The 50-year-old blogger came home Tuesday from a prison in the central province of Nghe An, the state-run Thanh Nien newspaper reported.
Mr. Nhat was punished for his “falsified” writings about the party’s senior members that are believed to ruin public trust in the party and state. The charge is based on nearly 1,000 postings including his 11 own stories and another signed by other name allegedly containing “inaccurate information of the party and state’s leaders in governance, violating laws,”
The blogger used to work as a reporter of the state-run Dai Doan Ket newspaper for 16 years insisted that that he is guiltless and his entries represent a sense of responsibility rather than subversion.
Mr. Nhat was named among 100 information heroes (Infoheroes) worldwide for contributions to freedom of expression by the Reporteurs Sans Frontieres (RSF).
Lawyer Tran Vu Hai, who defended Nhat’s rights, said that the blogger’s last sentence at the court was that he was proud of his activities.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the communist country jailed at least 63 political activists in 2013, jumping 50% on year. Meanwhile, the Reporters Without Borders believed that Vietnam is detaining 34 bloggers in jail.
Over 30 International, Domestic Organizations Call for Unconditional Release of Prodemocracy Activist Tran Huynh Duy Thuc
Over 30 domestic and foreign-based organizations have called for immediate and unconditional release of prodemocracy activist Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, who was sentenced to 16 years in jail in 2009 for exercising the freedom of expression enshrined in the country’s Constitution.
Thuc, an entrepreneur, was charged under Article 88 and 79 of Vietnam’s Criminal Code.
Lawyer Griffiths said that by Vietnam has failed to obey international law as the communist government has jailed numerous prisoners of conscience who exercise their human rights to exercise their freedom of expression.
Together with other international organizations, lawyer Griffiths pledged to work for unconditional release of all political dissidents and human rights activists in Vietnam.
Blogger Truong Duy Nhat Arrested After Criticizing Communist Leader, President
Blogger Truong Duy Nhat was arrested and sentenced to 2 years in jail because of his online articles which criticized communist leader Nguyen Phu Trong and President Truong Tan Sang and other members of the communist party’s Politburo, said Saigon-based independent journalist Pham Chi Dung.
On May 26, 2013, the blogger was arrested and charged with Article 258 of the Criminal Code.
Being Imprisoned for Govt Criticizing Should Be Honored: Blogger Truong Duy Nhat
Blogger Truong Duy Nhat, who completed his two years in jail on May 26, said his imprisonment should be honored as he had not committed any wrongdoing but only criticized officials’ faults.
Nhat said he was right when he left the state-run newspaper because he will be free to write on all issues, including the back side of the country.
He said on the day of his release, he refused to leave the prison because the authorities still hold his four diaries. Finally, they sent a group of ten men who forced him to go into a car. They did not release him at the entrance of the prison but at a remote place.
A group of thugs had tried to harass him but his family members arrived on time to save him, he said.
Vietnam Legislator Calls for Law on Demonstration
On May 27, Dang Ngoc Tung, president of the state-controlled Vietnam Labor Union Federation and member of Vietnam’s legislative body National Assembly, called for soon issuance of the Law on Demonstration in order to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese voters to express their opinions amid rising China’s aggressiveness in the East Sea.
Hanoi-based activist JB Nguyen Huu Vinh, who attended many anti-China protests during the past several years and had been harassed by local authorities for his online activities, said the issuance of the law is very important in a bid to ensure basic human rights.
Vietnam’s Prisons Are Hells: Former Political Prisoner Dinh Van Nhuong
Vietnam’s prisons and detention facilities are hells where prisoners, especially prisoners of conscience, have been treated inhumanely, said former political prisoner Dinh Van Nhuong from the northern province of Bac Giang.
Mr. Nhuong, who was released on May 7, one month ahead of his four-year imprisonment, said he was treated severely by prison’s authorities who refused to provide medical service when he fell sick. Even they forced him to work when he was still not fully recovered from diseases.
Due to his severe diseases and the inhumane treatment of prison’s authorities, he was forced to confess his wrong in order to be released for disease treatment.
Nhuong was arrested in 2011 and charged with anti-state propaganda. He will be under house arrest for the next three years.
On May 27, representatives of the Vietnam Women for Human Rights Association visited Mr. Nhuong at his private house. His health conditions are very poor.
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U.S. Asks Vietnam to Remove Articles Which Limit Rights of Free Expression
The U.S. has called on Vietnam’s communist government to remove all articles, including Article 258 of the Criminal Code which aim to silence the government critics.
Two years ago, Washington also condemned the imprisonment of blogger Truong Duy Nhat, who was charged under Article 258.
Many Vietnamese dissidents and bloggers have been harassed, detained and imprisoned due to voicing against corruption, economic mismanagement and weak response to China’s violations of the country’s sovereignty in the East Sea.
Senator McCain Urges Vietnam to Respect International Laws to Ensure Human Rights
U.S. Senator John McCain has urged Vietnam’s communist government to respect international laws and conventions it has signed.
During their stay in Hanoi on May 27-28, Senator McCain and his entourage met with a number of Vietnamese senior officials and social activists.
During the meeting with local social activists, the U.S. Senators asked a numbers of questions on promotion of human rights in the one-party country, said Hanoi-based activist Nguyen Chi Tuyen, one of the participants of the event.
Prominent Professor Nguyen Hue Chi Barred from Going Abroad
On May 18, security forces in Ho Chi Minh City not allowed Professor Nguyen Hue Chi to take an international flight to the U.S. where he will visit his daughter.
The police officers in the Tan Son Nhat international Airport also illegally confiscated his passport.
Prof. Chi is co-founder of online website Bauxite Vietnam, a well-known website criticizing the ruling communist party and its government.
During the past few years, numerous Vietnamese dissidents and human rights activists have been barred from going abroad.
Speak out Your Voice: Former Prisoner of Conscience Truong Duy Nhat
Vietnamese dissidents and activists must voice their opinions regarding the country’s important socio-economic issues, said prominent blogger Truong Duy Nhat, who recently completed his two-year imprisonment for his online articles.
He said the imprisonment made hi stronger and he will continue to write on the country’s important issues.
During his imprisonment, blogger Nhat met with prominent blogger Nguyen Van Hai (aka Dieu Cay).
Nhat said the biggest impression in the past two years is that a number of writers left the Vietnamese Writer Association and they have produced many high-quality products.