Tag Archives: Vietnam

Vietnam: Nguyen Van Dai detained for one year – send a card!

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.


http://viettan.org/Un-avocat-blogueur-des-droits-de-l.html (FRANCAIS)

Vietnam: Petition to WGAD on Nguyen Van Dai

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.


Vietnam: Nguyen Van Dai

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.


Vietnam: MPs from 14 Countries Call for Release of Jailed Vietnamese Activists

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.


Vietnam: Nguyễn Văn Đài détenu dans un lieu inconnu depuis le 16 décembre 2015

le 27 septembre, 2016


[L’Observatoire] Les Oubliés (7)
Ils croupissent quelque part seuls dans une cellule sans que personne ne songent à eux…



Lettre ouverte au Président de la République Française François Hollande

Monsieur François Hollande Président de la république Française Palais de l’Élysée 55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris France
Paris, le 2 septembre 2016
Monsieur le Président de la République,
A l’occasion de votre visite au Vietnam, du 5 au 7 septembre, la FIDH et ses organisations membres, le Comité Vietnam pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (CVDDH) et la Ligue française des Droits de l’Homme (LDH), souhaitent vous faire part de leur plus grande préoccupation concernant les graves (…)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/09/17/vietnam-drop-charges-and-free-land-rights-activist (ENGLISH)

Vietnam: Pre-trial incommunicado detention of prominent Vietnamese human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai

August 24, 2016

We are concerned by reports that the pre-trial incommunicado detention of prominent Vietnamese human rights lawyer Mr. Nguyen Van Dai has been extended by four months until December 2016. Our Office calls on authorities to immediately release Mr. Van Dai and his assistant Ms. Le Thu Ha who were arrested on 16 December 2015 and charged with conducting “anti-state propaganda” activities under Article 88 of the Penal Code.

Legal representatives and family members have been denied contact with Mr. Van Dai and Ms. Le Thu Ha. Authorities have refused to provide information about their whereabouts and health conditions.

The Human Rights Council, the Committee against Torture and the Special Rapporteur on Torture state that prolonged incommunicado detention may facilitate the perpetration of torture and can in itself constitute a form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or even torture.

We urge the Vietnamese Government to abide by its legal obligation to take all necessary means to prevent torture and ill-treatment of persons held in custody in line with the Convention against Torture and the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights (ICCPR) – both of which Viet Nam is party to.

Our Office reiterates our calls on the Vietnamese Government to stop using vague and broad provisions related to “national security” to silence human rights defenders, activists and bloggers. The detention and conviction of activists for the peaceful exercise of their fundamental rights, including through the use of Article 88 on “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam”, are not in line with international standards. Viet Nam is a party to the ICCPR which guarantees the right to freedom of expression and liberty.

We are also concerned by news that Mr. Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy and Nguyen Huu Thien An, two cousins, were sentenced on 23 August to 3 years and 2 years in prison respectively, for posting articles on Facebook criticizing policies of the Vietnamese government and insulting the Communist Party. They were also charged under Article 88 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail of up to 20 years.

File photo: Vietnamese dissident lawyer Nguyen Van Dai is seen standing trial on closed circuit television at Hanoi’s People’s Court, 11 May 2007. EPA/JULIAN ABRAM WAINWRIGHT

 source UN Human Rights – Asia Facebook

Vietnam: Obama receives plea to help release detained human rights lawyer in Hanoi, ahead of his Vietnam trip

May 11, 2016

US with a Vietnamese leader

The wife of a Vietnamese human rights lawyer, detained by Hanoi authorities, has appealed to the US for help in getting her husband released when President Barack Obama visits Vietnam. Vu Minh Khanh, who spoke through an interpreter, testified before the Washington House panel on 10 May, hours after the White House confirmed Obama’s trip to Vietnam and Japan from 21-28 May.

The US will use the visit to deepen its relations with Vietnam four decades after the end of the 19-year-long Vietnam War.

Two Republican legislators called for Obama to demand the release of the detained lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, and all other prisoners of conscience, the AP reported.

Vu has said that her husband’s release when Obama is in her country would “symbolise the President’s support for human rights and democracy in Vietnam,” according to the report.