Posts Tagged: Vietnam


Vietnam: Nguyen Van Dai arbitrarily detained for the last year

The Vietnamese government must immediately and unconditionally release human rights lawyer and blogger Nguyen Van Dai who has been arbitrarily detained for a year without access to legal representation or any word of an upcoming trial. Nguyen Van Dai was arrested on 16 December, 2015, charged with ‘conducting propaganda against the State’ under Article 88

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Season’s Greetings 2016: write to a writer at risk

Every year, our colleagues at PEN International compile a list of writers at risk and their families to whom members are encouraged to send seasonal greetings. Past recipients have told us about how these cards can provide much-needed moral support, and a crucial reminder that they have not been forgotten; others have told of how they

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Vietnam: Father Nguyen Van Ly conditionally released

English PEN welcomes the early release of poet, essayist, scholar and Catholic priest Father Nguyen Van Ly. Father Nguyen Van Ly had been serving an eight-year prison sentence for ‘conducting propaganda against the state’ and was released from prison one month earlier than expected, in May 2016. His release is thought to be an act

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Vietnam: Tran Minh Nhat faces ongoing harassment

English PEN joins PEN International in condemning the ongoing harassment faced by blogger Tran Minh Nhat and his family ever since his release in August 2015. Initially arrested in August 2011, Tran was sentenced to four years in prison and three years in probationary detention for ‘carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration’

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Vietnam: Blogger Ta Phong Tan released

English PEN and PEN International welcome the release of Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan on 19 September 2015. Arrested in September 2011, Ta Phong Tan was sentenced a year later to 10 years in prison and three years in probationary detention for ‘conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam’ under Article 88 of

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