Vietnam: Wife of Prisoner of Conscience Truong Minh Duc Detained after Participating in Vietnam’s UPR
February 28, 2019, 7:33 am

Defend the Defenders: Vietnam’s security forces detained Ms. Nguyen Kim Thanh, wife of prisoner of conscience Truong Minh Duc after she participated in Vietnam’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva in late January.

In the morning of February 21, when she landed from a flight from Germany to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, she was detained by the border security officers.

During the detention from around 7 AM to 1PM of the same day, police officers questioned about her activities, including her participation in the Vietnamese UPR in the UN’s headquarters in Geneva on January 21 as well as meeting with officials from the German Foreign Ministry.

Police officers confiscated her passport before releasing her, requesting her to go to a police station for further interrogation.

Mr. Truong Minh Duc, vice president of the unregistered groups Brotherhood for Democracy and Viet Labor Movement, was arrested on July 30, 2017 and charged with “conducting activities aimed to overthrow the government” under Article 79 of the country’s 1999 Penal Code. In April 2018, he was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison and three years of probation.

Currently, he is held in Prison No. 6 under the authorities of the Ministry of Public Security in the central province of Nghe An, where political prisoners are kept with severe living conditions.