Statement of concern over the state of health and current conditions of imprisonment of Mr. Cù Huy Hà Vũ by scholars and professionals around the world

TS luật Cù Huy Hà Vũ bên ngoài phiên tòa xét xử tại Tòa Án Nhân Dân Hà Nội vào ngày 04 tháng 4 năm 2011. AFP PHOTO

Mr. Nguyễn Sinh Hùng, Chairman of the National Assembly of the SocialistRepublic of Vietnam
Mr. Trương Tấn Sang, President
Mr. Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Prime Minister
General Trần Đại Quang, Minister of Public Security
Mr. Nguyễn Phú Trọng, General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party


We, who have signed this letter below, are scholars and professionals from around the world, who are connected by our mutual interest and engagement with Vietnam studies.  Many of us have dedicated the better parts of our careers and lives to support the study and development of this beautiful country and people.  We write this letter as friends of Vietnam, while always trying to keep in mind what is in the best interests of the country and its people.

We are writing to express our deep concerns about the current conditions of imprisonment and state of health of Mr. Cù Huy Hà Vũ.  We also write in support of the urgent plea on this matter made by Mr. Hà Vũ’s wife, Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Dương Hà, on June 4, 2013.  Mr. Hà Vũ is a prisoner of conscience, who was arrested in November 2010 on charges of “conducting propaganda” against the State for peaceful activities to advocate for democracy, the protection of human rights and other matters of social and environmental concern. He is currently serving a seven-year sentence in Prison No. 5 in ThanhHoáProvince, since April 2011.

During his time at Prison No. 5, we understand that Mr. Hà Vũ has been subjected to abuse by prison guards and denied basic rights and services, such as rights to food and basic necessities from his family, right to medical services and treatment, and right to communicate his grievances to the relevant authorities.  We understand that Mr. Hà Vũ’s health is currently in a perilous state, which is all the more urgent because of his pre-existing medical conditions.  As we are sure you will agree, these are matters of serious concern that require urgent action.

For these reasons, we strongly request the relevant authorities to intervene immediately on this matter to ensure the safety and security of Mr. Hà Vũ.

We also urge the authorities to reconsider their position on all prisoners of conscience in Vietnam and rather seek resolution to their differences through dialogue and constructive engagement.

We thank you for your attention to this matter and we trust that you will respond in a manner that reflects the civility and dignity of Vietnam.

We also express our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Dương Hà and the family of Mr. Hà Vũ, who all suffer terribly from the current situation.

June 17, 2013

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Name Title and Affiliation Country
1 Cari Coe, PhD Assistant Professor of International Affairs, Lewis & ClarkCollege USA
2 Thomas Crosbie Doctoral candidate, YaleUniversity USA
3 Lisa Drummond Associate Professor, Urban Studies ProgrammeDepartment of SocialScienceYorkUniversity Canada
4 Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox Associate Professor, WesternConnecticutStateUniversity USA
5 Lelia Green, PhD Professor of Communications,Edith Cowan University Australia
6 Hồ Tài Huệ Tâm Kenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History,HarvardUniversity USA
7 Bernard Huber Graduate Student, McGillUniversity Canada
8 Huỳnh Kim Lecturer, AustralianNationalUniversity Australia
9 Pierre Journoud, PhD Researcher and lecturer, University of Paris I Panthéon- La Sorbonne France
10 Ben Kerkvliet Emeritus Professor, AustralianNationalUniversity Australia, USA
11 Daniel King, PhD Former academic at MurdochUniversity, EdithCowanUniversity, and University of Notre Dame Australia
12 J. Kirkpatrick, PhD Professor, BenningtonCollege, retired USA
13 Danielle Labbé Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Montréal Canada
14 Scott Laderman Associate Professor of History,University of Minnesota, Duluth USA
15 James Laverty CEO, American Red Cross, Detroit, retired, independent researcher USA
16 Lê Xuân Khoa Adjunct professor, School of Advanced International Studies, JohnsHopkinsUniversity, retired   a USA
17 Jonathan D. London Assistant Professor, CityUniversity of Hong Kong Hong Kong
18 Patrick McAllister Professor of AnthropologyUniversity of Canterbury New Zealand
19 Jason Morris-Jung Doctoral candidate, University of California, Berkeley USA
20 Ngô Lâm Collection Specialist, Royal NetherlandsInstitute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) Netherlands
21 Ngô Vĩnh Long Professor, University of Maine USA
22 Nguyễn Hồng Bắc Researcher, Institute of Economics and Politics, VietnamAcademy of Social Sciences Vietnam
23 Nguyễn Điền Independent researcher Australia
24 Nguyễn Đức Hiệp Atmospheric Scientist, Office of Environment & Heritage, NSW Australia
25 Nguyễn Thị Hường Doctoral candidate, IndianaUniversity USA
26 Phạm Quỳnh Hương Institute of Sociology, VietnamAcademy of Social Sciences Vietnam
27 Sophie (Sophia) Quinn-Judge Associate Professor USA
28 Christina Schwenkel Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside USA
29 Tạ Văn Tài, PhD Attorney, former research associate, HarvardLawSchool USA
30 Philip Taylor, PhD Senior Fellow, AustralianNationalUniversity Australia
31 Thái Văn Cầu Space Systems Specialist USA
32 William S. Turley Emeritus Professor, Southern IllinoisUniversity France, USA
33 Vũ Thị Quỳnh Giao Member, Ho Chi Minh City Hub of Global Shapers Community Vietnam

Source: Ba Sàm