June 29, 2017
On 8 June 2017, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) concluded that the detention of human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai is arbitrary and unlawful and called for hie immediate release. Van Dai has been held incommunicado since his arrest on 16 December 2015. The WGAD cautioned that “under certain circumstances, widespread or systematic imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty in violation of the rules of international law, may constitute crimes against humanity.” The WGAD petition was filed by LRWC, the Media Legal Defence Initiative, Lawyers for Lawyers, PEN International and Viet Tan.
Read the full decision here.