Vietnam: Vietnamese Environmentalist Kidnapped, Questioned for Her Activism
April 1, 2019, 2:30 pm
Vietnam’s security forces have kidnapped a female environmentalist, interrogating her during one-day detention about her activism, Defend the Defenders has learned.
Ms. Cao Vinh Thinh, a key member of the independent group Green Trees, was detained by undercover police officers in the morning of March 27 when she was on her way to her shop named Zero Waste Hanoiwhich is selling environment-friendly products in the capital city of Hanoi.
The kidnappers confiscated her laptop and cell phone and took her to an office of the Security Investigation Agency of the Ministry of Public Security located in Nguyen Gia Thieu street, Hoan Kiem district where she was questioned by officers about activities of her and her group Green Trees which aim to protect the country’s environment.
Police also deployed IT specialists to try to get access to her equipment because she refused to give them the passwords for her laptop and cell phone.
Police released Thinh at 10 PM of Wednesday but still keep her equipment.