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Ms. Nguyen Thi Duong Ha, Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu's wife (Photo: AP)

Ms. Nguyen Thi Duong Ha, Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu’s wife (Photo: AP)

Please support Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu by sending urgent messages to Vietnamese authorities, demanding them to talk to Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu about the resolutions of issues that constituted the reasons for his hunger strike, and to allow family’s doctors, independent media and international human rights organizations to visit Cu Huy Ha Vu, to assure the public about his health condition.

See also Amnesty International’s Urgent action for Cu Huy Ha Vu

 

Vietnam hunger strike tests official intimidation (Associated Press)

Mike Ives, HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Cu Huy Ha Vu’s books come with pages torn out by prison guards. Only some of his letters reach home. He is not allowed to access evidence from his trial or to see his wife alone.

This treatment, described by Vu’s wife, has driven the Vietnamese legal scholar to a hunger strike that is now in its fourth week. Nguyen Thi Duong Ha says her husband told her Saturday that he hasn’t eaten since May 27, even though she brings him orange juice and chicken stock, and that he won’t until the prison officially replies to his complaints.

Now she worries the hunger strike may exacerbate Vu’s longstanding heart problems and provoke a stroke.

“I live in fear,” she said. “I can’t fall asleep because I’m afraid there may be a phone call with bad news.” Read More

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To take action: “Please write immediately in English, Vietnamese or your own language:

1.       Demanding the release of Dr Cu Huy Ha Vu, a prisoner of conscience detained only for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression;

2.        Urging the authorities to instruct the prison authorities in the meantime to take immediate steps to find a solution to the complaints made by Dr Cu Huy Ha Vu, which would lead to him ending his hunger strike; and

3.        Calling on them to ensure that Dr Cu Huy Ha Vu has access to any medical attention he may require and is treated in accordance with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.” (Amnesty International) Read More

Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu at his trial in 2011 (source: Internet)

Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu at his trial in 2011 (source: Internet)

Dự án 88, 10/06/13 – Tiến sĩ Cù Huy Hà Vũ bước vào tuần tuyệt thực thứ 3. Xin lên tiếng để Nhà nước Việt Nam phải đáp ứng những nguyện vọng của ông.

Xin gửi thông điệp với nội dung như sau:

“Tôi yêu cầu nhà nước Việt Nam

– thảo luận với Tiến sĩ Cù Huy Hà Vũ về những giải pháp cho các vấn đề khiến ông tuyệt thực

– cho phép bác sĩ của gia đình và đại diện các tổ chức nhân quyền quốc tế tới thăm TS Cù Huy Hà Vũ, để dư luận được biết về tình hình sức khỏe của ông.

– chấm dứt những hành vi ngược đãi tù nhân

– trả tự do cho ông Cù Huy Hà Vũ và các tù nhân chính trị.”

Tới các địa chỉ trên mạng: 

Quốc hội Việt Nam:

http://www.na.gov.vn/htx/VietNamese/default.asp?sAction=lienhe#s964rrQ5uxpK

Thủ tướng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng

http://thutuong.chinhphu.vn:2012/Utilities/Contact.aspx

Bộ Công An:

http://www.mps.gov.vn/web/guest/contact

và các đại biểu Quốc hội.

Nếu có thể, xin vui lòng cho chúng tôi biết nếu bạn đã lên tiếng.  Read More

Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu at his trial in 2011 (source: Internet)

Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu at his trial in 2011 (source: Internet)

Project 88, June 10, 2013 – Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu, prominent Vietnamese lawyer and activist, sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment for spreading anti-government propaganda in 2011, started a hunger strike on May 27th, 2013, to protest against  maltreatments by jail officials.

In an open letter on June 4, 2013, his wife, attorney Duong Ha, described the situation as follow: “… he is being severely maltreated through his detainment at Prison No. 5 – Department of Police in Yên Định, Thanh Hoá.

The staff at this prison are intentionally disregarding the articles of the law applicable to their prisoners, particularly to Dr Cu. His most recent letter of denunciation has been suppressed for 180 days without reply, and so in protest Dr Cu Huy Ha Vu has had no other option but to go on a hunger strike.

On 4 June 2013, Dr Cu Huy Ha Vu reached his 9th day of hunger strike, his health rapidly deteriorating. His life is highly threatened as he has a congenital heart disease, along with multiple illnesses acquired throughout his imprisonment.”

Please send messages to relevant Vietnamese public authorities, demanding them to: 

– talk to Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu about the resolutions of issues that constituted the reasons for his hunger strike.

– allow family’s doctors and international human rights organizations’ representatives to visit Cu Huy Ha Vu, to assure the public about his health condition

– end all maltreatments by jail officials to prisoners

– free Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu and all political prisoners

Suggested message in Vietnamese: 

“Tôi yêu cầu nhà nước Việt Nam

– nói chuyện với Tiến sĩ Cù Huy Hà Vũ về những giải pháp cho các vấn đề khiến ông tuyệt thực

– cho phép bác sĩ của gia đình và đại diện các tổ chức nhân quyền quốc tế tới thăm TS Cù Huy Hà Vũ, để dư luận được biết về tình hình sức khỏe của ông.

– chấm dứt những hành vi ngược đãi tù nhân

– trả tự do cho các tù nhân chính trị.”

Please send electronic messages via the online contact form to: 

The National Assembly of Vietnam:
http://www.na.gov.vn/htx/English/C1330/default.asp?sAction=lienhe#I7QInwBAqPhn

Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of Vietnam: http://thutuong.chinhphu.vn:2012/Utilities/Contact.aspx

The Ministry of Public Security:
http://www.mps.gov.vn/web/guest/contact_english

And other representatives.

If possible, please let us know if you have taken action, so that we know how many voices have been raised for Cu Huy Ha Vu. 

Project 88 – June 10, 2013 Read More