Human Rights Watch (HRW) is asking on Vietnamese authorities to analyze allegations of the beating and shackling of prisoner of conscience Trinh Ba Tu.
HRW issued a media launch on Thursday urging authorities to open an investigation into the alleged actions of jail guards at Jail No. 6, at Thanh Chuong township in Nghe An province.
The assertion by the New York-based human rights group was launched two days after Tu’s father, Trinh Ba Khiem, stated his son had been punished for submitting a criticism towards the jail.
“There must be an pressing, clear, and neutral investigation of Trinh Ba Tu’s severe accusations that jail guards shackled and beat him,” stated Phil Robertson, deputy director of HRW’s Asia division.
“That sort of remedy is outrageous and unacceptable, and the perpetrators needs to be held accountable for maltreating prisoners.”
Robertson stated dissidents imprisoned in Vietnam are commonly subjected to harassment and inhumane remedy. He stated he noticed little risk of Vietnamese authorities investigating these allegations.
“Overseas diplomats and UN officers ought to request that Vietnamese authorities enable them to go to Trinh Ba Tu and conduct interviews with him to resolve this matter,” stated HRW in its assertion.
Tu’s sister-in-law, Do Thi Thu, despatched a petition to Vietnam’s President, the Chairman of the Nationwide Meeting, the Minister of Public Safety, the Supreme Folks’s Procuracy and the Folks’s Procuracy of Nghe An province.
She requested them to elucidate to Tu’s household why her brother-in-law was crushed, tortured and shackled.
“After I heard that Tu was crushed and was on a starvation strike, my household was very anxious about him,” stated Thu, who’s married to a different prisoner of conscience, Trinh Ba Phuong.
“My household doesn’t know why he was crushed and shackled. My household does not know if he’s nonetheless being crushed or on a starvation strike.”
That is the second time Tu has been crushed by Vietnamese police in jail. When arrested in mid-June 2020, his beating by police in Hoa Binh province prompted kidney injury.
In accordance with former prisoner of conscience Nguyen Van Hai (aka blogger Dieu Cay), who was imprisoned for a few years in lots of prisons, Jail No. 6 is essentially the most draconian in Vietnam.
In early August, citizen journalist Do Cong Duong died whereas serving an eight-year jail sentence there, regardless of being wholesome when he was arrested.