Prominent Vietnamese Rights Defender Released From Prison

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Relatives and supporters greet prominent Vietnamese rights defender Bui Thi Minh Hang (2nd from R) upon her release from Gia Trung prison camp in Vietnam's Central Highlands, Feb. 11, 2017.
Relatives and supporters greet prominent Vietnamese rights defender Bui Thi Minh Hang (2nd from R) upon her release from Gia Trung prison camp in Vietnam's Central Highlands, Feb. 11, 2017.

Vietnamese authorities released prominent human rights defender and blogger Bui Thi Minh Hang on Saturday after she served a three-year prison sentence.

The activist had been held in Gia Trung prison camp in the country’s Central Highlands since Feb. 11, 2014, on charges of “causing public disorder” and obstructing traffic when she and two other bloggers were on their way to visit a former political prisoner.

She was later sentenced in August of that year to up to three years in jail after a one-day trial in Dong Thap in the Mekong Delta region, on what rights activists said were phony and politically motivated charges.

While she was detained, Hang went on a hunger strike to protest her arrest.

“My health at this moment is relatively stable, but because I have been in prison for too long, going back out it’s like a whole new place,” she said.

“I’m now free—free meaning free from prison—yet we all know that whoever lives in Vietnam will never have freedom—not yet,” she said.

“I think I will continue my fight for democratic fairness,” Hang said. “I was jailed unjustly, so I will fight more for myself and for all the people in Vietnam.”

Hang’s relatives, supporters, and an RFA reporter were at the scene when Hang was released. Traffic police escorted her back to Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2011, Hang staged peaceful demonstrations condemning what many Vietnamese see as Chinese intrusions into Vietnamese territory in the disputed South China Sea.

In November of that year, authorities sent Hang to the Thanh Ha Education Center in Binh Xuyen district, Vinh Phuc province, after arresting her a day earlier outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City for allegedly “causing public disorder.” She was freed the following year.

Reported by Chan Nhu Hoang for RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by Viet Ha. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

Comments (1)


from ghet bac Ho

Not sure why a vicious totalitarian government that known to break bones and murder millions of its southern country men would scare of one woman.
What is it about this woman that they have to watch her every move, word, and publication?
I suspect that it’s the true voice of freedom that humiliates these blood thirst and barbaric communists!
I’ll let you communist scums onto a secret – we can’t be silence. Our people are like ocean waves, one after another, we will come crashing and washing at the foundation of your sand castle that you called ‘the communist party’.
Your days are numbered! As I stated before, VNCH isn’t dead but was buried before it time while CSVN was dead but isn’t buried yet. Your long stench shadowing past is catching up and the people are seeing through. The torch of freedom is burning brighter everyday as these writers putting down the truth. VNCH forever!

Feb 13, 2017 09:18 PM

Anonymous Reader

Standing ovation to you Sir. These communist barbarians don't deserve to be called human beings. Actually they are not. Truth will always be truth. There are 5 communist countries in the world: China, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Cuba. Cuba might want to get out from this silly club as people are starving to death.

Feb 14, 2017 04:11 PM





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