Trial against Pro-democracy Activist Nguyen Nang Tinh Scheduled on October 17

Democracy activist Nguyen Nang Tinh


Defend the Defenders, October 9, 2019


Authorities in Vietnam’s central province of Nghe An have set to hold the first-instance hearing on October 17 to try local pro-democracy activist Nguyen Nang Tinh on allegation of “Making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Clause 1, Article 117 of the country’s 2015 Penal Code, Defend the Defenders has learned from his family.

The trial will be conducted by the People’s Court of Nghe An in its headquarters in Vinh City, his family confirmed.

Speaking to Defend the Defenders, his wife and university lecturer Nguyen Thi Tinh said she received this information from his attorney Dang Dinh Manh few days ago. The 43-year-old activist faces imprisonment of between seven to 12 years if is convicted, according to the current Vietnamese law.

Mr. Tinh was arrested by Nghe An province’s security forces on May 29 who later charged him with “conducting anti-state propaganda.”

Authorities in Nghe An said Mr. Tinh has used his Facebook account Nguyễn Năng Tĩnh to post and share articles and videos as well as images with content defaming state leaders and distort the ruling communist party’s policies.

Activists said Mr. Tinh is very active in promoting human rights and multi-party democracy, and speak out about the country’s issues such as systemic corruption, human rights abuse, widespread environmental pollution and China’s violations to Vietnam’s sovereignty in the East Sea (South China Sea) and the weak response of the communist government in Hanoi.

There are some videoclips on Youtube in which Mr. Tinh tough students to sing a number of patriotic songs composed by dissidents in which the government is criticized for suppressing anti-China activists.

Vietnam continues its political crackdown on local dissent, arresting more than two dozens of human rights defenders, bloggers, and social activists so far this year with different allegations, from “disturbing public orders” to subversion. Hanoi has also convicted 23 activists in trumped-up allegations with a total 106.5 years in prison and 20 years of probation.

The communist regime is holding at least 233 prisoners of conscience as of  October 5, according to Defend the Defenders’ statistics.