Vietnam: mounting concerns for the health of writers and activists

Join PEN in calling on the Vietnamese authorities to release blogger Dinh Dang Dinh, poet Nguyen Van Ly and writer Nguyen Huu Cau, all of whom are seriously ill, on humanitarian grounds 

English PEN shares PEN International’s grave concern for the health of blogger Dinh Dang Dinh who is suffering from end-stage stomach cancer and was transferred to hospital on 15 February 2014. PEN is also seriously concerned for the health of poet, essayist, scholar and Catholic priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, and writer and activist Nguyen Huu Cau. Both are serving lengthy prison sentences in Vietnam imposed for their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, and are seriously ill.

We are calling for their immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Vietnam is a state party, and on humanitarian grounds. Please join us.

For background information, visit the PEN International website.

TAKE ACTION

Please send appeals:

  • Expressing serious concern for the health of writers and activists Dinh Dang Dinh, Nguyen Van Ly and Nguyen Huu Cau and urging that they are given full access to all necessary medical care as a matter of urgency;
  • Calling for their immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the ICCPR, to which Vietnam is state party, and on humanitarian grounds.

Appeals to:

His Excellency Truong Tan Sang
President of the Socialist Republic
of Viet Nam
Hung Vuong street
Ba Dinh district
Ha Noi
Viet Nam

Mr Nguyen Tan Dung
Prime Minister
1 Hoang Hoa Tham street
Ba Dinh district
Ha Noi
Viet Nam
Fax: +84 80 44130/ +84 80 44940

Mr Phan Binh Minh
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1 Ton That Dam steet
Ba Dinh district
Ha Noi
Viet Nam
Fax: +844 3823 1872 / Email: bc.mfa@mofa.gov.vn

His Excellency Mr Vu Quang Minh
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
12-14 Victoria Road
London
W8 5RD
Fax: 020 7937 6108 / Email: embassy@vietnamembassy.org.uk

Or you could use the form below.  A sample letter is provided but it is always better if you put the appeal in your own words.

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Your Excellency

I am writing to you as a supporter of English PEN, the founding centre of the international association of writers, to call for the immediate release of three fellow writers, all of whom are seriously ill, on humanitarian grounds.

According to PEN’s information, blogger Dinh Dang Dinh is suffering from end-stage stomach cancer and was transferred to hospital on 15 February 2014. PEN is also seriously concerned for the health of poet, essayist, scholar and Catholic Priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, and writer and activist Nguyen Huu Cau. Both are serving lengthy prison sentences in Vietnam imposed for their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, and are seriously ill.

I call on the Vietnamese authorities to ensure that Dinh Dang Dinh, Father Nguyen Van Ly and Nguyen Huu Cau are given full access to all necessary medical care as a matter of urgency, and join PEN in calling for their immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Vietnam is a state party, and on humanitarian grounds.

I would welcome your comments on my appeal.

Yours sincerely

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10 Comments on “Vietnam: mounting concerns for the health of writers and activists”

  1. Very relieved to hear that both Dinh Dang Dinh and Nguyen Huu Cau have been released following this recent action. But we continue to call for the immediate release of Nguyen Van Ly and the many others detained unlawfully in Vietnam.

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