The 4th day of the hunger strike. Source: Tran Huynh Duy Thuc’s Facebook page
Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức’s family, on the Facebook page dedicated to their family member, political prisoner Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức, reported that Thức and four other political prisoners – Nguyễn Hoàng Quốc Hùng, Trần Vũ Anh Bình, Đinh Nguyên Kha, and Liêu Ly have been on a hunger strike since March 11, 2016. According to the Thức father, Mr. Trần Văn Huỳnh, the prisoners’ act aims to protest the prison’s administration for the latter’s disregard of the law and arbitrary treatment of prisoners in violation of the Constitution and the law. Specifically, they protest against two prison cadres:
- Colonel Lê Văn Tuất, assistant superintendent of the prison
- Cadre Nguyễn Văn Bộ, cadre I.D. 082686
These cadres have arbitrarily prohibited the political prisoners from taking simple and human actions, without providing any legal basis or rationale for such prohibition. For example: Read More
The Parents of three prominent political prisoners. Left to right: Ms. Nguyen Thi Tram (Le Quoc Quan’s Mother); Mr. Tran Van Huynh (Tran Huynh Duy Thuc’s Father); Nguyen Thi Kim Lien (Dinh Nguyen Kha’s Mother).
This coming January 20th marks six years since Tran Huynh Duy Thuc’s trial. Three other dissidents who were tried at the same time– Le Cong Dinh, Nguyen Tien Trung, and Le Thang Long have been released. Thuc remains in jail as he received the longest sentence – 16 years of imprisonment and 5 years of probation. The struggles of Thuc in prison and of his family to defend him and advocate for his release continue.
In prison, Thuc continues to advocate for the rights of prisoners. Recently, Thuc and fellow prisoners requested the right to access and comment on the drafting of the criminal code, prior to its adoption on November 27, 2015. The prison authorities refused to accommodate their requests, under the rationale that “prisoners are not citizens.” Dinh Nguyen Kha, another political prisoner who is held in the same prison as Thuc, told his mother that Thuc was mistreated in jail because he stood up for the rights of the prisoners. Indeed, the prison authorities have been making Thuc’s communication with his family, as well as his access to information, very difficult. Read More