Được đăng: 23 Tháng 12 2015
Join us in calling for the immediate and unconditional release
of human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai
Nguyen Van Dai is a renowned Vietnamese blogger, human rights lawyer, and democracy activist. On December 16th, he was detained by the Vietnamese authorities on charges of “spreading propaganda against the state.” His arrest came one day after the EU-Vietnam Human Rights dialogue which was held in Hanoi.
Nguyen Van Dai is a founder of the Vietnam Human Rights Centre and the Brotherhood for Democracy. He is a mentor to many Vietnamese activists and has conducted numerous trainings on civil and political rights. In early December, he was beaten by plainclothes police after speaking at a seminar in Nghe An Province before International Human Rights Day.
Nguyen Van Dai has not broken any Vietnamese or international laws. He should have never been arrested.
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled on many occasions that Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code (which forbids so-called anti-state propaganda) is in clear violation of both international law and the constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
As a current member of the UN Human Rights Council, the government of Vietnam has a special responsibility to honor its human rights commitments. In addition, as Hanoi looks to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it must demonstrate that it respects rule of law and basic rights. The fact that Hanoi arbitrarily detained Nguyen Van Dai (along with a second activist, Le Thu Ha) immediately after the annual EU-Vietnam human rights dialogue is an affront to the international community.
We urge you to call for the immediate and unconditional release of Nguyen Van Dai. The Vietnamese authorities must provide restitution for arbitrarily detaining Nguyen Van Dai and must fully reinstate his civil rights including his freedom to travel and ability to practice law.
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