PoC Phan Kim Khanh Threatened after Questioning about Not Accepting His Appeal Petition

Imprisoned Activist Phan Kim Khanh

Defend the Defenders, March 31, 2019

Authorities in Ba Sao Prison camp have been threatening prisoner of conscience Phan Kim Khanh, who is serving his six-year imprisonment in the prison located in the northern province of Ha Nam.

According to his younger sister, the prison’s authorities have threatened him since mid February when he filled his complaint to question why authorities in Thai Nguyen province denied his right to appeal the sentence given by the People’s Court of Thai Nguyen.

Police have not allowed him to make telephone call to his family and receive letters. They have threatened that they would place him alone in a cell. Currently, Khanh shares his room with other inmates.

Earlier this week, Ms. Truong Thi Ha from Ho Chi Minh City complained that her letters sent to Khanh were returned as the authorities in Ba Sao Prison camp refused to hand them over to him.

Khanh told his family that his relatives may face difficulties in regular prison visits and the prison’s authorities may not allow them to meet him. He would be in danger if they will block all means of communication with his family, he noted.

Mr. Khanh, 36, was arrested in March 2017 on allegation of “conducting anti-state propaganda” under Article 88 of the 1999 Penal Code for his online postings. He was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison on October 25, 2017. 

After the trial, he submitted his appeal, however, the People’s Court of Thai Nguyen did not review his petition for an appeal. His family never received any documents acknowledging the appeal that Khanh had submitted.