Imprisoned Labor Activist, Pro-democracy Campaigner Truong Minh Duc Transferred to Notorious Prison in Nghe An

Mr. Truong Minh Duc (right) and three other key members of BFD convicted in April, 2018

Defend the Defenders, July 5, 2018

Truong Minh Duc, who was convicted of “carrying out activities to overthrow the people’s government” in April, was transferred to the Prison Camp No. 6 in Thanh Chuong district of the central province of Nghe An, his wife Nguyen Kim Thanh told Defend the Defenders.

Mrs. Thanh said she had learned the transfer of her husband from a “good source,” adding she has yet to be informed from Vietnam’s authorities.

The prison camp is located about 1,200 km from Ho Chi Minh City where his family is living. With his transfer to Prison Camp No. 6, Mrs. Thanh will face difficulties in visiting him and supplying him with additional food given the poor-quality food provided by prisons in Vietnam, she said.

Mr. Duc, vice president of the unsanctioned organization Viet Labor Movement and a key figure of the Brotherhood for Democracy, was arrested together with three other senior members of the online pro-democracy group on July 30, 2017 and charged with subversion under Article 79 of the country’s 1999 Penal Code.

On April 5, the People’s Court of Hanoi convicted him and five other members of the Brotherhood for Democracy, and sentenced him to 12 years in prison and three years under house arrest. One month later, on June 4, the Higher People’s Court in Hanoi upheld his sentence.

Before being arrested, Mr. Duc had beenkidnapped and brutally beaten by plainclothes agents many times.

This is the second imprisonment of Mr. Duc. He was imprisoned in 2007-2012 for “abusing democratic freedom” under Article 258 of the 1999 Penal Code for his writings which aimed to promote multi-party democracy and human rights.

You can get more information about Mr. Duc here.

Prison Camp No. 6 is one of the most severe prisons in Vietnam. Many activists, including legal expert Cu Huy Ha Vu and priminent blogger Nguyen Van Hai (or Dieu Cay) have conducted hunger strikes to protest inhumane treatment of the prison while serving their sentences there.