March 8, 2020
Defend the Defenders, March 7, 2020
The Higher People’s Court in Hanoi has decided to hold the appeal hearing of pro-democracy activist and environmentalist Nguyen Nang Tinh on March 18, four months after he was convicted of “conducting anti-state propaganda” under Article 117 of the Penal Code in the first-instance hearing carried out by the People’s Court of Nghe An province in which he was sentenced to 11 years in prison and five years of probation.
The appeal will be held in the headquarters of the People’s Court of Nghe An province located in Vinh city, according to the decision sent to his family and lawyers.
One of his Nguyen Van Mieng said Tinh has a low chance of getting a lighter sentence in appeal although he and two other attorneys pointed out a number of wrongdoings of the investigation by Nghe An province’s police and examination carried out by the province’s Department of Information and Communication.
Mr. Tinh, 43, was arrested by Nghe An province’s security forces on May 29 who later charged him with “conducting anti-state propaganda.” Authorities in Nghe An said Mr. Tinh has used his Facebook account Nguyễn Năng Tĩnh to post and share articles and videos as well as images with content defaming state leaders and distort the ruling communist party’s policies.
Mr. Tinh, who is a lecturer of Nghe An College of Cultural and Art, is very active in promoting human rights and multi-party democracy, and speak out about the country’s issues such as systemic corruption, human rights abuse, widespread environmental pollution, and China’s violations to Vietnam’s sovereignty in the East Sea (South China Sea) and the weak response of the communist government in Hanoi.
There are some videoclips on Youtube in which Mr. Tinh tough students to sing a number of patriotic songs composed by dissidents in which the government is criticized for suppressing anti-China activists.