We’re still here and keeping an eye out on all the latest news. We’re glad that Dieu Cay (Nguyen Van Hai) is free now and hope Vietnam releases all the other “prisoners of conscience.”
Usually when you take a taxi ride, the worst you could reasonably expect is an erratic driver or maybe a little price gouging. But if you’re an active human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience in Vietnam, such as Mr. Nguyen Bac Truyen, 47, you would be followed by the police and get beaten down in broad daylight, along with your wife and taxi driver.
As Mr. Truyen was on his way to the Australian Embassy in Hanoi on February 24, 2014. his taxi was stopped by plainclothes security agents and brutally punched along with his wife and taxi driver leaving them bloodied. It isn’t like this incident came out of nowhere. Two weeks earlier, he had another encounter with the police that likely lead to this trip.
According to Danlambao:
On February 09, 2014, hundreds of police conducted a violent raid to arrest Mr. Truyen at the couple’s home in Dong Thap province. He was released the next day and forced to return to his parents’ home in Saigon. Following his arrest, the authorities have carried out a series of illegal activities against his friends and other activists including Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, and Nguyen Van Minh those who were arbitrarily arrested while on their way to visit Mr. Truyen’s family in Dong Thap and are still being detained for 14 days.
The attack ended when locals came to their rescue and the agents simply walking away. They were admitted to a nearby hospital after reaching the embassy.
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[Editor’s Note: Dinh Dang Dinh is a dissident who is currently serving a 6-year sentence because he had published writings about disagreements with the leadership of the Vietnam Communist Party and called for pluralistic and asked to stop bauxite mining projects in the Central Highlands.]
Trọng Thành (RFI)/Translate by Jasmine Tran (Danlambao) – On 8/11/2013, teacher Dinh Dang Dinh was sent back to prison from the hospital where he had received cancer treatment. His family was in great shock, not realising that Mr Dinh had been moved so soon. The chemotherapy treatment for his cancer had only just started five days earlier. Mr Dinh’s health is in a very poor state.
In November 2012, teacher Dinh’s sentence of 6 years imprisonment from the Trial Court was unchanged by the Vietnamese Court, which accused him of “conducting propaganda against the State” under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Criminal Code. In September 2013, the prisoner of conscience Dinh Dang Dinh was urgently transferred to a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for an operation to remove a cyst in his stomach.
Như Ngọc (Danlambao) – Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu’s hunger strike to protest against the prison system of the communist regime has received waves of support around. Recently, Ms. Pham Thanh Nghien, a former prisoner of conscience and is an initiated member of the Citizen Declaration of Our Freedom group has started another hunger strike to express her admiration for, and solidarity with, Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu.