Union Activist Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung Completes His 9-year Sentence

Union activist Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung during his trial in 2010

Defend the Defenders, February 24, 2019

Co-founder and President of the unregistered group Viet Labor Movement Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung was released today after completing his nine-year sentence, Defend the Defenders has learned.

Mr. Hung, 38, returned to his parent’s house on February 24 from Xuyen Moc Prison camp in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. His health is deteriorated very much after being inhumanely treated during his imprisonment, according to his fellow Doan Huy Chuong, who was also a prisoner of conscience being convicted in the same case.

Together with Mr. Chuong and Ms. Do Thi Minh Hanh, Hung established the Viet Labor Movement in 2008 to assist workers demand higher salary and better working conditions. 

During a strike in a foreign-invested factory in the southern province of Tra Vinh in 2010, the trio disseminated leaflets about workers’ rights, they were arrested and charged with “disruption of security” under Article 89 of the country’s 1999 Penal Code.

In late 2010, they were convicted and Hung was sentenced to nine years in prison while both Chuong and Hanh were given seven years in jail.

Under international pressure, Hanh was released after four years.

According to Amnesty International, Hung was beaten by police officers during interrogation in pre-trial detention.