Nguyen Bac Truyen

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Nguyen Bac Truyen

Other Names: Nguyễn Bắc Truyển

Date of Birth: August 12, 1968

Gender: M

Religion: Buddhist (Hoa Hao)

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Businessman

Latest Prison:

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Land rights
  • Religious freedom

Known Affiliations:

Arrest History

Arrest 1

November 17, 2006
May 10, 2007
3 years 6 months in prison
  • Art. 88
May, 2010

Arrest 2

July 30, 2017
  • Art. 79


Nguyen Bac Truyen still remains in detention in an unknown location. His wife attempts to visit him, but his location has not been confirmed. He has gastrointestinal and heart conditions that require continuous access to medication. 

December 2017:

In December, authorities announced they finished investigations into several members of the Brotherhood for Democracy, a group founded by lawyer Nguyen Van Dai that was targeted with harassment and arrests during much of 2017. Authorities have recommended that members Nguyen Trung Ton, Pham Van Troi, Nguyen Bac Truyen, Truong Minh Duc, and Dai and his colleague Le Thu Ha, be prosecuted. 

Nguyen Bac Truyen runs the Vietnamese Political & Religious Prisoners Friendship Association; he also provides free legal advice to those affected by land grabs and is an adovcate for human rights and for the release of all political prisoners in Vietnam. 

In 2011, he won Human Rights Watch's Hellman/Hammett Award for his work. 

Second arrest:

Former prisoner of conscience Nguyen Bac Truyen was kidnapped and arrested on July 30, 2017. His whereabouts remain unknown. His wife has tried multiple times via letter and in-person visits to ascertain his location, but she has not been given any information. Truyen was arrested along with three other pro-democracy activists associated with the Brotherhood of Democracy and prisoner of conscience Nguyen Van Dai. They were arrested under Article 79 for activities deemed to be subversive.

Nguyen Bac Truyen has gastrointestinal and heart conditions. Truyen’s location is currently unknown.

He has been repeatedly harassed by authorities and was beaten, along with his wife, on several ocassions. 

August 2017:

Front Line Defender’s released an action for Nguyen Trung Ton, Pham Van Troi, Nguyen Bac Truyen, and Truong Minh Duc, who were all arrested in late July 2017, calling for their immediate release.

Amnesty International released an Urgent Action for Nguyen Bac Truyen, whose location has been unknown since he was reported arrested.

Defend the Defenders's archives

Amnesty International Urgent Action, Vietnam: Missing Human Rights Defender At Risk of Torture: Nguyen Bac Truyen, August 22, 2017 (PDF)


Profile last updated: 2018-01-14 20:14:11