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Vietnamese journalist in failing well being after 2 years in jail — Radio Free Asia

A Vietnamese journalist is in failing well being after serving two years of a jail sentence for criticizing the nation’s one-party communist authorities, RFA has discovered. Jail authorities have rejected requests he be allowed to hunt medical therapy outdoors his jail.

Le Huu Minh Tuan, a member of the Vietnam Impartial Journalists’ Affiliation, was arrested on June 12, 2020, on a cost of “conducting propaganda in opposition to the state,” and is now serving an 11-year time period on the Bo La Detention Middle in southern Vietnam’s Binh Duong province.

Tuan had been held first at one other detention middle in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis’s Binh Thanh district, the place harsh situations behind bars triggered his well being to deteriorate, his sister Na instructed RFA after talking with Tuan on Might 26 within the first household go to allowed to him since his arrest.

“My brother is in very unhealthy well being. I couldn’t acknowledge him,” Na stated, describing Tuan as emaciated and onerous of listening to. “He has scabies, and he’s additionally malnourished because the meals and dwelling situations the place he’s being held are so powerful.”

Detention middle officers have refused Tuan’s request to get medical care at an outdoor facility, although members of the family are allowed to ship drugs to him contained in the jail, Na stated.

Tuan had been saved in his cell all day whereas serving the primary two years of his sentence on the Phan Dan Luu Detention Middle in Binh Thanh, however now’s allowed outdoors for 15 to half-hour every day at his new jail in Binh Duong, Na stated.

“Nonetheless, the meals there’s horrible and has no diet in any respect,” she stated. “They feed him solely rice and a poor high quality of soup with out salt or different spices, and the rice itself is just half-cooked and combined with sand.”

The variety of household visits allowed to prisoners on the Bo La Detention Middle is restricted, and family can usher in solely restricted quantities of meals, Na stated. “For instance, when Tuan ran out of milk and needed to have some fruit, I went to the jail cafeteria to register to purchase some for him, however was instructed I couldn’t do it,” she stated.

Tuan’s household had heard no information of him for the primary two years following his arrest, not understanding whether or not he was alive or lifeless. They have been lastly instructed that he had been despatched to the Bo La facility in Binh Duong on April 14, Na stated.

“Now we really feel relieved, as a result of we all know we will go to him often any more.”

Vietnamese unbiased journalist Pham Doan Trang is proven in an undated picture. Picture: icj.org

Mom of jailed author accepts award

One other jailed Vietnamese author, Pham Doan Trang, this week was awarded the 2022 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, together with her mom, Bui Thi Thien Can, accepting the honour in Geneva, Switzerland, on her behalf.

Talking on the presentation ceremony, Can stated she was pleased with her daughter, who’s now serving a nine-year sentence in Vietnam for “spreading propaganda in opposition to the state.”

“[Trang] has been decided and persevering in pursuing a path that she totally understands is a harmful and arduous journey,” Can stated. “She has devoted herself and fought tirelessly for democracy and human rights in Vietnam and for the liberty and happiness of the Vietnamese individuals.”

Accompanying Can to Geneva have been Tran Quynh Vi — codirector of the California-based NGO Authorized Initiatives for Vietnam and proprietor of Luat Khoa (Legislation) Journal — and democracy activist Will Nguyen.

Impartial journalists in Vietnam are nonetheless working however face large challenges, Vi stated in remarks following the award ceremony.

“The excellent news is that despite Ms. Trang’s arrest, our newspapers are nonetheless revealed commonly and we now have an increasing number of contributors,” she stated. “And the extra they prohibit us, the extra we wish to work within the space.”

Additionally talking in Geneva, activist Will Nguyen known as on residents of Switzerland and different developed international locations to alert their lawmakers and diplomats to Vietnam’s ongoing abuses of human rights.

“I believe we now have a number of leverage,” stated Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American who was arrested for participating in public protests in Vietnam in 2018 after which deported from the nation by a Ho Chi Minh Metropolis courtroom.

“The extra we glance into this situation, the extra seemingly it’s that the Vietnamese authorities will deal with its residents with extra respect,” he stated.

A distinguished human rights activist and blogger, Trang was arrested on Oct. 6, 2020, and sentenced to 9 years in jail on Dec. 14, 2021, on a cost of disseminating anti-state propaganda.

The indictment in opposition to Trang additionally accused her of talking with two overseas media shops — Radio Free Asia and the British Broadcasting Company — “to allegedly defame the federal government of Vietnam and fabricate information,” in line with a letter despatched by 25 human rights teams calling for her launch forward of her trial.

Along with the Martin Ennals Award, Trang has additionally acquired the 2017 Homo Homini Award offered by the Czech human rights group Folks in Want, and the Press Freedom Prize in 2019 from Paris-based media watchdog Reporters With out Borders.

Translated by Anna Vu for RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Written in English by Richard Finney.



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