Vietnamese Facebooker Detained, His House Searched amid Increasing Online Crackdown


Defend the Defenders, September 24, 2019


On September 23, authorities in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong detained local citizen Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong (Facebooker Vượng Nguyễn), possible for his posts on his account in a bid to silence him amid increasing online crackdown.

Local activists reported that authorities in Lam Dong deployed dozens of police officers and militia to Hai Duong village, Lac Lam commune, Don Duong district where Mr. Vuong is living with his parents. Police reportedly beat him and searched his house, confiscating some items, including his laptop.

It is unclear whether police had have issued an arrest warrant as his family fell in panic. They took him away, likely to the temporary detention facility under the authority of the Lam Dong province’s police.

So far, the charge(s) against him have been unclear, said activists who concerned about his detention.

Vuong, a 28-year-old citizen, has shared numerous articles and conducted a number of live streams on his Facebook account about Vietnam’s issues, including systemic corruption, serious environmental pollution, human rights violations, bad economic management of the communist government and its weak responses to China’s violations of the country’s sovereignty in the East Sea (South China Sea).

He was reportedly detained several times by the local police before being arrested.

His friend activist Pham The Luc (Facebooker Phạm Thế Lực) said that the private residence of Vuong’s parents are still under police’s surveillance and he himself is closely monitored by police officers so no details of Vuong’s arrest are open for public.

Vuong’s detention is part of the ongoing crackdown on dissent bloggers and Facebookers amind rising social dissatisfaction. Since the beginning of 2019 when the Cyber Security Law became effective, Vietnam has arrested more than ten Facebookers for their online posts which are considered as anti-state activities.

Vietnam’s communist regime is imprisoning 234 prisoners of conscience, including 23 activists convicted and sentenced this year to a total 106 years and six months in prison, according to Defend the Defenders’ statistics.