UN Human Rights Asia expressed concern about arrest of HR activist Tran Thi Nga


UN Human Rights - Asia

January 23, 2017 

We are concerned that another Vietnamese human rights activist, Ms Tran Thi Nga (a.k.a. Thuy Nga), has been arrested and charged under Article 88 of the Penal Code for allegedly “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam”.

Ms. Nga, known for defending the rights of Vietnamese migrant workers and peoples whose lands were seized by authorities, was arrested at her home on 21 January in the northern province of Ha Nam along with her partner, Mr. Phan Van Phong.

Article 88 is considered a “national security offence” and carries a sentence of between three and 20 years of imprisonment. It also allows the incommunicado detention of Ms Tran Thi Nga during the whole period of the investigation, which is considered to be in itself conducive to torture and may amount to torture itself, in violation of the Convention against Torture (CAT), which Viet Nam ratified in February 2015.

Over the past year, our Office has expressed concern about a number of similar cases involving human rights defenders in Vietnam. Last year, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged the Government of Viet Nam to repeal Article 88, as well as other provisions that breach international human rights standards such as articles 79, 87, 245 and 258 of the Penal Code. [


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