Amnesty International Press Release For Immediate ReleaseMonday, April 16, 2012
Vietnam MustRelease Jailed Blogger Facing”Propaganda” Trial, says Amnesty International
Contact: Sharon Singh, email@example.com,202-675-8579(Washington, D.C.) — The Vietnamese authorities mustimmediately end their persecution of a Vietnamese blogger facing trial thisweek on politically motivated charges, Amnesty International said today.Nguyen Hoang , imprisoned since 2008,could be sentenced to an additional 20 years’ imprisonment at his trial onApril 17. The blogger, also known as Cay(“the peasant’s pipe”), completed a two-and-a-half year prisonsentence for tax fraud in October 2010. Yet instead of releasing him,Vietnamese authorities continue to detain him on charges of “conductingpropaganda” against the state. “The persecution of Nguyen Hoang is blatant and unjust,” said Donna Guest, deputy director of AmnestyInternational’s Asia-Pacific program. “He is detained and faces trialsolely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression. TheVietnamese authorities must immediately and unconditionally release NguyenHoang and drop all charges against him.”Nguyen Hoang , who co-founded theindependent Free Vietnamese Journalists’ Club, has written articles critical ofChina’sforeign policy toward Vietnamand taken part in peaceful protests. He used his blogs to expose corruption andpromote human rights in the country.Nguyen Hoang Hai’s family haverepeatedly been denied prison visits. His lawyer saw him for the first time inMarch 2012, and said his client was ill and had lost a lot of weight.“Until his release, Nguyen Hoang must be given the medical attention he requires, and be granted regular accessto his family and lawyer,” said Guest.Two other well-known bloggers and members of the Free VietnameseJournalists’ Club may be tried at the same time as Nguyen Hoang . Thanh, known as AnhBaSG, andTa Phong Tan, whose blog is called “Justice andTruth,” have been detained since October 2010 and September 2011,respectively. “The Vietnamese authorities must respect and protect freedomof expression, association and assembly, and stop harassing those who promoteand defend human rights,” said Guest.Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassrootsactivist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists andvolunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide.The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes thepublic, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth anddignity are denied.
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