Free Expression Interview Series

Tran Van Huynh, father of imprisoned blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, speaks of the Vietnamese and international communities’ response to Thuc’s case. He also thanks Thuc’s many supporters.

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To Thuc’s prison:
Tran Huynh Duy Thuc
K3 Trai giam Xuyen Moc
Tinh Ba Ria, Vung Tau
Viet Nam

To Thuc’s family:
Tran Van Huynh
439F8 Phan Van Tri
Quan Go Vap
TP Ho Chi Minh
Viet Nam

The 88 Project – This is part one of the interview with Tran Huynh Duy Thuc’s father, Tran Van Huynh. He talks about his son’s innocence in regards to his 16-year sentence. Thuc was arrested under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Penal Code for “anti-government” propaganda. Thuc’s family was recently prohibited from leaving their house to deliver a petition to the government prior to the Vietnamese President’s trip to the US a few weeks ago.

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The signs read: “Tran Huynh Duy Thuc is innocent.”Click here for more information on Thuc.

Tran Van Huynh – “I am Tran Van Huynh, father of Tran Huynh Duy Thuc – a Vietnamese citizen who was wrongly sentenced to 16 years in prison and 5 years of house arrest under article 79 of the Vietnam penal code.
It’s been exactly 4 years since my son was arrested. Over the last 4 years, my family never stop believing that Thuc is innocent. Thus, to claim innocence for him we have many times appealed to the top state leaders and related government agencies for reconsidering his law case in a court of cassation. Through repeated petitions, I have presented proof that the unfinished book entitled “The Vietnam Path” written by Thuc together with 2 other democracy activists – a document that the investigating agency, the prosecution and the court considered to be “a master plan to overthrow the people’s administration” and convicted my son – is purely for the purpose of building and developing the country based on the respect for human rights and in the spirit of “enlighten the people, empower the people,  care for the welfare of people”. It is a pity that until now, our appeals and petitions have not received any proper response yet.”

(to be continued)

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Tran Quoc Hien is an attorney and union rights activist. He is member of Blog 8406 and spokesperson of the United Workers and Farmers Association. After a failed attempt to organize a protest for farmers, victims of in injustice in 2006, he was arrested and sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment in 2007. Upon the end of his imprisonment, he continued his political activities, and continued to be harassed by public security forces. He fled the country as a consequence in August 2012 to Thailand to seek political asylum to a third country. He currently awaits for a decision from the UNHCR.  Read More

Pham Thanh Nghien – Life in Detention of Female Prisoners:

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Pham Thanh Nghien – Life in Detention of Female Prisoners:

Female prisoners: hygiene conditions

Only when I myself was imprisoned did I really see how different it was from what I’d imagined.  I didn’t have to—or didn’t have the opportunity to—witness prison officers torturing inmates or any similar acts. But I’d heard stories like investigators and prison officers committing torture. Some women had been so brutally beaten that their pregnancy ended in miscarriage. Some had been tortured and had their ribs broken. However these were only anecdotes from some of the inmates in our prison.

I myself didn’t see such things happen. Still, I witnessed and experienced other forms of violence, which were non-physical but equally destructive. It was the act of psychological abuse. Prison was the wost place of psychological abuse through which I’d ever lived. Read More

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Pham Thanh Nghien – “My trial started on 29 January 2011. They said the trial was public. But I can confirm that in reality it was absolutely unjust, absurd. And I was after all tried behind closed doors. Even my mother, the very person giving birth to me, wasn’t allowed into the court. Public security agents came to keep my mother’s house under surveillance. (It was also my house because before I was arrested, I had lived with my mother.)

There were public securities agents watching over my siblings’ families too.  Read More

Pham Thanh Nghien – Over the period of about four months, I was detained in a special jail cell. I share the jail cell with a female prisoner, and we both estimated that its surface was less than 6m2. The only thing that helped us to forget about being in a box were six air holes, this small. Every day, we had to look through those six air holes in order to feel closer to the outside world. For me, it was the most difficult time of my life in detention. Read More