April 18, 2017
In the Matter of NGUYỄN VĂN ĐÀI:
On 17 April 2017 NGOs petitioning for the release of imprisoned Vietnamese lawyer Nguyễn Văn Đài, filed a response to submissions made by Viet Nam on 6 April in reply to the petition filed by the petitioners on 25 November with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. NGOs petitioning are: LRWC, Lawyers for Lawyers, Media Legal Defence Initiative, PEN International and Viet Tan.
UNITED NATIONS WORKING GROUP ON ARBITRARY DETENTION
Mr Sètondji Roland Adjovi (Benin), Chair-Rapporteur
Ms Leigh Toomey (Australia)
Mr José Guevara (Mexico)
Mr Seong-Phil Hong (Republic of Korea)
Ms Elina Steinerte (Latvia)
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
In the matter of
Nguyễn Văn Đài
Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
Observations on the Government’s Reply
April 4, 2017
Detained human rights attorney and activist Nguyen Van Dai will receive an award from the German Association of Judges on Wednesday, making him the first Vietnamese awarded the honor for his work in human rights, RFA’s Vietnamese Service has learned.
A representative of Nguyen Van Dai will accept the award from the group known in German as Deutscher Richterbund (DRB), which is the largest professional organization of judges and public prosecutors in Germany.
Every other year, the organization bestows a human rights award on a judge, public prosecutor, or other lawyer for outstanding merit in the defense of human rights.
Former prisoner of conscience Pham Van Troi, a democracy activist and member of the Vietnam-based Brotherhood for Democracy, called Dai’s selection “wonderful news.”
Dai and other formerly jailed dissidents created the online group in 2013 to coordinate human rights activities across Vietnam and host forums in Hanoi and Saigon to mark International Human Rights Day.
“I think lawyer Nguyen Van Dai deserves this award,” Troi told RFA’s Vietnamese Service. “This is also a positive sign to promote democratization in Vietnam in the near future.”
December 16, 2016
The Vietnamese government must immediately and unconditionally release human rights lawyer and blogger Nguyen Van Dai, L4L and other organizations said today. Nguyen Van Dai has been arbitrarily detained for exactly one year, without access to legal representation or any word of an upcoming trial.
Nguyen Van Dai was arrested on December 16, 2015, charged with “conducting propaganda against the State” under Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code. Vietnamese authorities continue to remain silent regarding the investigation process, with no sign of his trial. Furthermore, neither his wife nor his lawyers have been granted visitation rights.
Nguyen Van Dai was stopped by police on the day of his arrest while on his way to meet with the European Union delegation participating in the bilateral human rights dialogue with Hanoi. His colleague Le Thu Ha was also arrested at the same time under the same charge and has been held incommunicado since.
November 30, 2016
Together with Media Legal Defence Initiative, PEN International, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and Viet Tan,L4L filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) urging it to intervene in the case of lawyer Nguyen Van Dai. Van Dai has been detained incommunicado since being arrested on 16 December 2015 while enroute to meet with an EU delegation.
Nguyen Van Dai is the co-founder of the Vietnam Human Rights Committee and a prodemocracy activist. He has provided legal assistance to government critics and members of religious minorities.
Nguyen Van Dai was arrested on 16 December 2015, when he was on his way to meetings with EU delegates, on charges of “Conducting Propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Article 88 of the Penal Code. His house was searched, items of property seized, and he was transferred immediately to a detention centre. Since his arrest, Nguyen Van Dai has been held incommunicado. He has been denied access to legal representation and has been denied contact with his family.
le 2 décembre, 2016
Pays d’origine : Vietnam
Profession : Avocat
Causes défendues : Leader du mouvement démocratique vietnamien, fondateur du « Comité pour les droits de l’Homme au Vietnam », bloggeur, fondateur de « Fraternité pour la Démocratie », un groupe d’anciens dissidents emprisonnés.
Nguyen Van Dai est un éminent avocat vietnamien défenseur des droits humains, né en 1969.
Leader du mouvement démocratique vietnamien, Nguyen Van Dai a fondé en 2006 le « Comité pour les droits de l’Homme au Vietnam », et a régulièrement publié des essais en faveur de la démocratie sur des sites internet basés à l’étranger. Nguyen Van Dai a créé un blog sur la plate-forme de Reporters sans frontières sur lequel il a notamment publié un essai sur les partis politiques, sujet tabou au Vietnam qui ne connait pas le multipartisme.
Fin 2006, la Sécurité publique vietnamienne a lancé une campagne d’arrestations contre les opposants politiques. La police a alors opéré une perquisition dans les locaux du cabinet de Nguyen Van Dai, et, le 6 mars 2007, Le Thi Cong Nhan, avocate, et Nguyen Van Dai, sont arrêtés à leurs domiciles pour avoir écrit et distribué, notamment par le biais d’internet, des documents dénigrant le pouvoir.
October 25, 2016
A total of 73 members of parliament from 14 countries have sent an open letter to Vietnam’s prime minister demanding the release of a lawyer and his assistant arrested over their political activism.
The lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, and his assistant, Le Thu Ha, were arrested in December after being accused of spreading “propaganda against the state,” the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights said in a statement on Tuesday.
APHR said the idea to write to Nguyen Xuan Phuc came from German MP Marie-Luise Dott. The letter was signed by parliamentarians from countries including Cambodia, Chad, Spain, the United States, Indonesia, Lithuania, Nepal, the Netherlands, Portugal and Zimbabwe, as well as representatives of different NGOs.
le 27 septembre, 2016
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