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Blogger "Dieu Cay" Nguyen Van Hai

Blogger “Dieu Cay” Nguyen Van Hai

Amnesty International, 26 July 2013Imprisoned Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai, known as Dieu Cay or “the peasant’s pipe”, has been on hunger strike since around 20 June in protest at the harsh treatment of himself and other political prisoners. He is serving a 12-year sentence for his writings and his health has deteriorated badly. He is a prisoner of conscience.

 Nguyen Van Hai is detained at Prison No 6, Thanh Chuong District in Nghe An province, north central Viet Nam. The prison authorities refused permission for his family to visit him on 16 July, and
then allowed them only a five- minute meeting on 20 July in the presence of guards. Nguyen Van Hai is said to be very weak, barely able to talk or walk.
Nguyen Van Hai co-founded the Free Journalists Club in September 2007 and became one of Viet Nam’s most influential bloggers, writing on a wide variety of issues, including social injustice, human
rights abuses, and national sovereignty. He was first arrested in April 2008, tried on politically-motivated charges of tax evasion and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.  Read More

July 23, 2013: Blogger Bui Thanh Hieu ( aka Nguoi Buon Gio – “Windtrader”), in an interview with  Reporters Without Borders, voices his concern about the health of the blogger Dieu Cay, who is jailed since April 2008 and who is now on his 32nd day of hunger strike. Blogger Nguoi Buon Gio asks the international community to “intervene as soon as possible to save Dieu Cay’s life.”

Source: Reporters Without Borders, July 23, 2013

 

Dieu Cay prior to his arrest (2008) (source: internet)

Dieu Cay prior to his arrest (2008) (source: internet)

July 17, 2013, RFA – One of Vietnam’s most prominent jailed dissidents, blogger Nguyen Van Hai, has gone on a hunger strike amid concerns over his prison treatment,  his ex-wife said Wednesday, highlighting a trend of fasting protests by political prisoners in the one-party Communist state.

Hai, popularly known by his pen name Dieu Cay, has gone on the hunger protest for 25 days and has been “disciplined” by the prison authorities for “disturbing” order, Duong Thi Tan told RFA’s Vietnamese Service.

Hai is serving a 12-year jail sentence from September for “conducting propaganda against the state” after his online articles slammed communist rule and highlighted alleged abuses by the authorities. Read More