Protesters at a human rights rally in Vietnam in April 2012

Viet Nam, Move Beyond Repression

We strongly urge the Vietnamese authorities to cease their crackdown on independent media and those who express dissent. More

Nguyn Huu Vinh and Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy

Nguyen Huu Vinh & Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy | Status: Released | Vietnam

On March 23, 2016, the People’s Court of Hanoi sentenced Nguyen Huu Vinh to five years in prison under Article 258 (2) of Vietnam’s Penal Code for “abusing democratic… More

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Nguyen Xuan Nghia

A poet, novelist, and founder of the banned democracy movement known as Bloc 8406, Nguyen was arrested in 2008 following the publication of Manifesto on Freedom and Democracy in… More

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Nguyen Chi Thien

A dissident writer and political activist, Nguyen spent a total of 27 years in prison between 1960 and 1991. While in prison, he composed over 400 poems, which were… More

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Tran Khai Thanh Thuy

Since 2006, Tran Khai Thanh Thuy faced violent threats and multiple brief detentions. In 2010, she was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for assault after… More

Lê Chi Quang

Lê is a lawyer and computer teacher who has published several essays critical of the government. He was arrested in February 2002 after authorities monitored his computer use at… More

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Doan Viet Hoat

Doan founded the Freedom Forum, a free speech discussion group, upon his release from a reeducation camp after 12 years. This led to his renewed arrest in 1990 and… More

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Ta Phong Tan

A police officer who began blogging to expose abuses of power, Ta was imprisoned in 2011 on anti-state propaganda charges. Her case sparked international activism and, in 2012, her… More

Ho Van Hai Ho Hai, or DrHoHo

A prominent blogger, Hai became well-known for his criticism of Vietnam's one-party Communist rule. In February 2018, he was sentenced to four years in prison for posting “anti-state propaganda”… More

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Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy

Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy was sentenced to three years in prison for her role as an editorial assistant to Nguyen Huu Vinh, who published articles on his blogs that… More