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The 4th day of the hunger strike. Source: Tran Huynh Duy Thuc's Facebook page

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:

  1. Colonel Lê Văn Tuất, assistant superintendent of the prison
  2. 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