[Vietnam] Two songwriters sentenced

On Tuesday 30 October, Vietnamese songwriters  Tran Vu Anh Binh (aka Hoang Nhat Thong) and Vo Minh Tri (aka Viet Khang) were found guilty of conducting anti-state propaganda under Article 88 of Viet Nam’s Criminal Code and sentenced to six and four years in prison respectively.  

We at English PEN firmly believe that they have been sentenced for their critical lyrics, in violation of their right to free expression. We are therefore calling for their immediate and unconditional release, in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Vietnam is a signatory.

For more information, please see the BBC report, ‘Vietnam jails two dissident songwriters’ (30 October 2012).

TAKE ACTION

Please send appeals:

  • Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of songwriters Tran Vu Anh Binh (aka Hoang Nhat Thong) and Vo Minh Tri (aka Viet Khang);
  • Expressing alarm at the number of writers and journalists currently detained in Vietnam for the peaceful expression of their views, and calling for their immediate and unconditional release in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Vietnam is a signatory.

Send your appeals to

His Excellency Mr Vu Quang Minh
Embassy of Vietnam
12-14 Victoria Road
London
W8 5RD
Fax: 020 7937 6108

Email: linh@vietnamembassy.org.uk 

Sample letter

The following is just an example – please do write a more personal message if you have time.

FAO: His Excellency Mr Vu Quang Minh

[DATE]

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you as a supporter of English PEN, the founding centre of the international association of writers, regarding Vietnamese songwriters Tran Vu Anh Binh (aka Hoang Nhat Thong) and Vo Minh Tri (aka Viet Khang).

According to PEN’s information, on Tuesday 30 October Tran Vu Anh Binh and Vo Minh Tri were found guilty of conducting anti-state propaganda under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Criminal Code and sentenced to six and four years in prison respectively. I believe that the harsh sentences against Tran Vu Anh Binh and Vo Minh Tri are in violation of their right to free expression and respectfully call upon the Vietnamese authorities to release both men immediately and unconditionally.

Furthermore, I am alarmed at the number of writers and journalists currently detained in Vietnam for the peaceful expression of their views. I strongly urge the Vietnamese authorities to release all those detained in violation of their right to free expression, in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Vietnam is a signatory.

I would welcome your comments on my appeal.

Yours sincerely,

[NAME, ADDRESS]

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