Cases in Vietnam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doan Huy Chuong, Do Thi Minh Hanh, and Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung are labor activists who were detained in February 2010 for organizing workers at a shoe factory. Do and Doan were sentenced to seven years in prison but were released in June 2014 and February 2017, respectively. Nguyen was released in February 2019 after the completion of his nine year sentence.

 

Dr. Nguyen Dan Que is one of Vietnam’s most renowned democracy activists. He was arrested in March 2003 and convicted of “abusing democratic rights to jeopardize the interests of the state.” Dr. Nguyen was freed in February 2005.

 

 

Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy is an online activist arrested in November 2015 and sentenced to three years in prison for criticizing the Vietnamese government on Facebook. He was released in November 2018.

 

Dr. Pham Hong Son is a physician and businessman who was arrested in March 2002 after translating an article into Vietnamese titled, “What is Democracy?” from the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam’s website and sending it to friends and senior party officials. Dr. Son was freed in August 2006.

Selected documents from Cases in Vietnam's case
Early Day Motion 876 December 20, 2012

Joined by 28 Members of the UK Parliament and calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Doan, Do, and Nguyen.

Freedom for Vietnam, Freedom for My Brother March 17, 2004

National Review Op-Ed by Quan Nguyen, Dr. Que's brother.

Freedom Now Response to the Government's ReplyAugust 30, 2004

Responding to the Reply of the Government of Vietnam to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Joint Letter to President Obama on VietnamApril 26, 2016

Joint letter from Freedom Now and 18 other organizations calling on President Obama to raise the cases of several prisoners of conscience when he visits Vietnam next month.

Letter from 11 members of the U.S. House of RepresentativesJanuary 10, 2014

Expressing concern about the imprisonment and mistreatment of Doan Huy Chuong, Do Thi Minh Hanh, and Nguyen Doan Quoc Hung and calling on Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang to release the three labor activists.

Letter from 12 Nobel Prize LaureatesSeptember 22, 2003

Addressed to the Prime Minister of Vietnam urging the release of Dr. Que (prior to Freedom Now's engagement).

Letter from 12 U.S. SenatorsOctober 6, 2004

Addressed to the President of Vietnam and calling for Dr. Que's release.

Letter from 15 RFK Human Rights Award LaureatesMarch 30, 2004

Addressed to the President of Vietnam urging Dr. Que's release (prior to Freedom Now's engagement).

Letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan from nine NGOsJanuary 28, 2005

Urging his intervention in Dr. Que’s detention.

Letters from 42 Members of the US CongressSeptember 30, 2004

Addressed to the President of Vietnam and calling for Dr. Que's release.

Opinion of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention No. 19/2004September 16, 2004

Finding Dr. Que's detention a violation of international law.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionOctober 11, 2012

Submitted by Woodley & McGillivary in consultation with Freedom Now.

Petition to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention August 2, 2006

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Dr. Son.

Petition to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention June 3, 2004

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Dr. Que.

Reply from the Government of VietnamJune 17, 2004

Reply of the Government to the petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Selected Media November 15, 2004

Reporting on the decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human RightsJune 7, 2013

Freedom Now submitted a report describing the Government of Vietnam's unlawful use of arbitrary detention to be considered as part of the Universal Periodic Review of Vietnam's human rights policies and practices.

Submission to the UN Human Rights CommitteeJanuary 9, 2019

Freedom Now's submission to the UN Human Rights Committee prior to its third periodic review of Vietnam's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Submission to the UN Human Rights CouncilJuly 2, 2018

Freedom Now's submission to the UN Human Rights Council prior to Vietnam's Universal Periodic Review.

Time for Serious Approach to Vietnam Human RightsDecember 13, 2013

The Diplomat op-ed by Jared Genser and William McGillivary calling for Secretary of State John Kerry to use his trip to Vietnam to encourage Hanoi to improve its human rights record.

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention OpinionDecember 6, 2019

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finding the detention of Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy to be in violation of international law.

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention PetitionSeptember 19, 2017

Petition on behalf of Mr. Nguyen to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

US Congressional Concurrent Resolution 320April 6, 2006

Co-sponsored by 35 members of Congress and adopted by a vote of 425-1 condemning Dr. Son’s ongoing detention and urging his immediate release from prison.

Vietnam Frees Dissident from Jail August 30, 2006

Associate Press article reporting Dr. Son's release from detention.

Vietnam Frees Two Dissidents from Jail in Lunar New Year Amnesty January 31, 2005

Associated Press article.