Amnesty International, 26 July 2013: Imprisoned 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.
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
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