Nguyen Van Hai says he will work from abroad to free jailed dissident writers in Vietnam.
He has suffered indignities and deprivation at the hands of guards and other inmates.
They say the money should be spent on health care and education.
He describes harsh treatment at the hands of authorities.
But journalists say some papers fear setting an example for Vietnam.
Jail terms are common for villagers who oppose the expropriation of their land.
The move will open up coveted land for a lucrative development scheme.
It says police routinely provide causes of death in custody that ‘strain credulity.’
Jailed democracy activist was repeatedly urged to collaborate with authorities.
A local church leader says “conflicts” between the government and church have decreased.
They condemn a shift in mission to put the party above all else.
Bloggers criticize the government’s move as a human rights infringement.
An Internet campaign urges transparency on alleged secret agreements with China.
Reports of the move ignite security fears in Vietnam.
Instead, he demands unconditional freedom and an explanation of the reasons for his arrest.
The convictions ordered by a provincial court are criticized by rights groups.
The government is accused of resorting to trumped-up criminal charges to punish rights defenders.
Human Rights Watch and Vietnamese activists believe the policies won’t deter widespread police abuse
He calls on the international community to pressure Hanoi over her case.