Do Cong Duong
Current Status: Sentenced
Other Names: Đỗ Công Đương
Date of Birth: March 24, 1964
Latest Prison: Bac Ninh province police Detention center, Bac Ninh province
Areas of Activism:
- Land rights
- Art. 331 (new)
- Art. 318 (new)
In his first instance court hearing on September 17, land rights activist Do Cong Duong was sentenced to four years in prison on the charge of “disturbing public order." On October 12, the People’s Court of Bac Ninh province sentenced Duong to another five years in prison on charges of “abusing democratic freedoms” under Article 331 of the 2015 Criminal Code. His family was barred from entering the courtroom.
Do Cong Duong resided in Tu Son commune, Bac Ninh province.
Do Cong Duong was active as a citizen journalist, covering land rights issue. He also host "Tieng Dan TV" that included live streamed video discussions on Facebook.
On September 26, 2017, the investigation police of Bac Ninh police sent Do Cong Duong a warning notice that reads:" [On his Facebook accounts], Mr. Do Cong Duong has posted, share articles, live videos with content that distorts the truth, impacts upon the credibility and reputation of other citizens and organizations; some videos that Mr. Do Cong Duong shared and propagated have content that contradicts the directions and policies of the Party and the law of the state."
Do Cong Duong was detained on January 24, 2018 by the police of Tu Son commune while he was filming a forced eviction in Tu Son commune, Bac Ninh province. There was no detention order, but the police had a search warrant to search his house on January 25, 2018.
He met with his lawyer, Ha Huy Son, for the first time on April 5, 2018. According to lawyer Ha Huy Son, Duong was charged with "disturbing public order" under Art. 318 of the 2015 Criminal Code.
Do Cuong Dong has been charged with "abusing democratic freedoms" by the police of Bac Giang province. At the same time, he is also charged with "disturbing public order" by the police of Tu Son commune, who concluded their investigation on June 16, 2018. Under the this charge, he faces up to seven years in prison.
On September 17, 2018, a court’s first instance trial was carried out from 7:30 to 14:00. The four defendants were Do Cong Duong, Le Thi Thanh Nga, Nguyen Van Vui and Nguyen Van Trung, all prosecuted for “disturbing public order” under Article 318 of the 2015 Criminal Code.
Except for Mr. Duong, the three left, Nga, Vui and Trung, admitted the accusations from the trial panel and were sentenced to 3 years, 2 years 6 months and 2 years 4 months, respectively. Meanwhile, Mr. Duong was convicted to four years, the heaviest judgment.
Ha Huy Son, Mr. Duong’s defense counsel, claimed his innocence and argued that his behavior was just to take photos and observe the land acquisition by authorities. There was no evidence from the investigation agency to prove that Mr. Duong opposed the person on duty or abetted anyone, even though they had accused him of “disturbing public order”. Therefore, the court’s decision on Mr. Duong is wrong.
Mr. Duong then wrote an appeal and sent it to the court. He also faces separate charges of “abusing democratic freedoms,” for which he will be tried in October, also carrying a maximum sentence of seven years.
After the first meeting with Do Cong Duong on April 5, 2018, lawyer Ha Huy Son shared that Duong was not in good health.
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the sentence against Duong.
Facebook Đỗ Công Đương
Nhat Bao Cali Today, Bắc Ninh: Nhà hoạt động Đỗ Công Đương bị tạm giữ, January 26, 2018
Vietnam Anti-corruption Activist, Citizen Journalist Do Cong Duong Charged With Abusing Democratic Freedoms, Defend the Defenders, April 24, 2018
Vietnam Land Rights Activist Do Cong Duong Handed 48-Month Jail Term, Radio Free Asia, September 17, 2018
Vietnam blogger sentenced again after Facebook posts, AFP, October 12, 2018
Profile last updated: 2018-10-15 02:48:29