Vietnam: former prisoner of coscience denied of being granted with passportEvent
- Viet Nam
- Initial Date
- Dec 16, 2019
- Event Description
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have rejected to grant a passport for former prisoner of conscience Le Cong Dinh, denying his right to freely travel abroad.
Mr. Dinh, who was imprisoned five years in 2009-2013 on the charge of subversion, applied for a new passport in the Immigration Management Division of HCM City’s Police Department on December 4. Two weeks later, on December 16, he received a denial announcement from an officer from the division who refused to point out the reason for the refusal.
In August last year, the city’s police also rejected his application.
The US-educated lawyer is among the leading pro-democracy activists in Vietnam. He was arrested in 2009 and initially charged with “conducting anti-state propaganda” and later changed into “subversion” in the same case of prominent activist and entrepreneur Tran Huynh Duy Thuc and Nguyen Tien Trung.
He continues to work for promoting human rights and multi-party democracy in Vietnam after being released in 203. This year, he is among the three activists winning annual prizes of the US-based Vietnam Human Rights Network.
Dinh is among more than 100 Vietnamese activists being barred from international travel. The Ministry of Public Security often uses government decree No. 136 to prevent political dissidents and human rights activists from going abroad with the common controversial reason “national security.” The communist regime has used a number of ways to halt their international travel by denial of granting passports, blocking at national border gates or confiscating their passports.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Administrative harassment
- Judicial harassment
- Travel restriction
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of movement
- Pro-democracy activist
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 16 December 2019, Le Cong Dinh pro-democracy activist, was denied of being granted with a new passport by the Immigration Office in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.