Dr. Pham Hong SonVietnam

Dr. Pham Hong Son (born 11 March 1968) is a Vietnamese physician and businessman who was arrested on March 27, 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 on August 30, 2006.

After a 15 month pre-trial detention, Dr. Son was tried and sentenced to 13 years in prison and three years of house arrest. Upon appeal, Vietnam’s Supreme Court reduced Dr. Son’s sentence to five years in prison and three years of house arrest. While imprisoned, Dr. Son suffered from poor health and an untreated inguinal hernia.

Dr. Son was released on August 30, 2006, in a government amnesty.

Selected documents from Dr. Pham Hong Son's case
Petition to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention August 2, 2006

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Dr. Son.

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.