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Coalition calls on Vietnamese government to end persecution of activists

Catholics attend a Pentecost vigil mass in Hanoi, 19 May 2013; people also prayed for the 14 political activists who are appealing their sentencing
Catholics attend a Pentecost vigil mass in Hanoi, 19 May 2013; people also prayed for the 14 political activists who are appealing their sentencing

REUTERS/Kham

Eight Vietnamese human rights activists are appealing their convictions on 23 May 2013.

Index on Censorship has joined a coalition of organisations to pressure the Vietnamese government to end its persecution of the activists. The eight activists, along with six others, were charged under Article 79 of Vietnam's penal code for "carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people's administration".

According to Frontline Defenders, Ho Duc Hoa was arrested on 30 July 2011 and faces thirteen years in prison followed by five years of house arrest. Thai Van Dung was arrested on 19 August 2011 and faces five years in prison followed by three years house arrest. Paulus Le Son was arrested on 2 August 2011 and faces thirteen years in prison with five years house arrest. Nguyen Xuan Anh is a social activist who faces five years in prison with three years house arrest. Tran Minh Nhat is a journalist with the Vietnam Redemptorist News; he was arrested on 27 August 2011, and was convicted to four years imprisonment with three years house arrest. Ho Van Oanh was arrested on 16 August 2011 and sentenced to three years imprisonment. Nguyen Van Duyet was arrested on 7 August 2011 and was sentenced to six years in prison with four years house arrest. Nguyen Dinh Cuong was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Read the joint letter to the Vietnamese government calling for the release of the activists and the reversal of their convictions.
vietnam_appeals_trial_may2013.pdf (300 KB)

ARTICLE 19
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Index on Censorship

Other signatories

Front Line Defenders
Media Legal Defence Initiative
Access
English PEN

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