Tran Thi Nga’s arrest on January 21, 2017. Source: VOA Tieng Viet
The 88 Project, January 23, 2017: At least four Vietnamese activists were arrested last week, just days before Tet, the Vietnamese traditional New Year. Among them are Ms. Tran Thi Nga, former political prisoner Mr. Nguyen Van Oai, Mr. Nguyen Van Hoa, and Ms. Nguyen Thi Mien.
State-owned newspapers confirmed the arrest and prosecution of Tran Thi Nga on January 21 under Art. 88 for propaganda against the socialist state, stating that: “prior to being arrested, Tran Thi Nga was accessing the Internet to upload several propaganda videos, clips, and articles against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.” Nga is a well-known figure among human rights activists in Vietnam. Read More
Catholic groups held vigils for Dieu and his fellow prisoners. Source: Vietnam Right Now
Vietnam Right Now, Jan. 12. 2017: A Catholic activist, Dang Xuan Dieu, has been released from a thirteen year prison sentence, and sent into exile in France.
Reports said that Dieu, who has been in custody since July 2011, was taken directly from prison camp to Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City and put on a flight to Paris.
He was sentenced with thirteen other activists in 2013 at a high profile trial at the People’s Court in Nghe An, on charges of working to overthrow the government, under Article 79 of the penal code. Read More