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

Phan Ngoc Tuan

Dissident poet, cartoonist, and satirical columnist Tuan was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 5 years in prison in relation to his work criticizing the communist authorities for human… More

Tran Anh Kim

A retired military officer and prolific essayist, Kim has written about government corruption, human rights, and social injustice. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2016 under… More

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc Tran Dong Chan

Thuc was arrested in 2009 and sentenced in a flawed trial to 16 years in connection with a book advocating for governance reforms. He has been subject to inhumane… More

Tran Vu Anh Binh Hoang Nhat Thong

Binh 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

Pham Chi Dung

Pham Chi Dung

Founder of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam, Pham was arrested in November 2019 for articles he wrote criticizing human rights by the government. On January 5, 2021, he… 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, Thien 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 Chi Quang

Quang 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