Writers at Risk Database

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

Tran Anh Kim

A retired military officer who fought in the Vietnam War, Tran has spent the last decade in prison for his human rights activism and ties to the banned Democratic… More

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc Tran Dong Chan

Tran was arrested in 2009 and sentenced in a flawed trial to 16 years in prison in connection with a book advocating for governance reforms. While in prison, he… More

Tran Vu Anh Binh Hoang Nhat Thong

Tran was convicted in 2012 and sentenced to five years in prison for the content of his songs, which advocate for human rights and denounce social injustice and abuse… More

Trang Pham Doan

A noted author and democracy activist who published A Handbook for Freedom Fighters, Trang has been repeatedly detained, harassed, and assaulted by Vietnamese authorities over her work. Despite brutal… More

Pham Chi Dung

Founder of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam, Pham was arrested on November 21, 2019 in connection with articles he wrote criticizing Vietnam's government and calling for human rights… More

Tran Thi Nga Thuy Nga

In 2017, dissident blogger Tran Thi Nga was arrested on charges of spreading propaganda and ultimately imprisoned in highly abusive conditions. As part of an agreement to cut her… More

Writers at Risk Database

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

Writers at Risk Database

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