Prominent Land Right Activist Sent to Prison in Central Highlands, Around 1,200 Km from Family


by Defend the Defenders, December 11, 2016

Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has sent prominent land right activist Can Thi Theu, who lose appeal on the trial on November 30, to the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, around 1,200 km from her native Hanoi, the family said.

Mrs. Theu, who was sentenced to 20 months in prison on charge of causing public disorders under Article 245 of the Penal Code, will serve her 14 remaining months in Gia Trung prison in Dak Ta Ley commune, Mang Yang district, she informed her son Trinh Ba Phuong upon arriving the prison.

As revenge for local brave activists, Vietnam’s authorities have often sent imprisoned ones to places far from their native locations, making difficult for their families to visit them. For examples, Tran Huynh Duy Thuc from Ho Chi Minh City, who was sentenced to 16 years, was sent to the central province of Nghe An and the distance between them is over 1,400 km.

Conditions in Vietnam’s prisons are very hard, according to the New York-based Human Rights Watch, especially for political prisoners. Prisoners are subjects to torture and degrading treatments as well as forced labor, many former prisoners of conscience said.

Amnesty International documented torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of conscience in Vietnam in a report entitled “Prisons Within Prisons: Torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam”, see: