Do Cong Duong

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Do Cong Duong

Other Names: Đỗ Công Đương

Date of Birth: March 24, 1964

Gender: M


Ethnicity: Kinh


Latest Prison: Bac Ninh province police Detention center, Bac Ninh province

Areas of Activism:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Land rights
  • Press

Known Affiliations:

Arrest History

January 24, 2018
  • Art. 331 (new)
  • Art. 318 (new)
Defense Counsels: Ha Huy Son


July 2018:

Land rights activist Do Cong Duong will face trial in August in Tu Son commune, according to his lawyer Ha Huy Son. 


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.

June 2018:

Do Cuong Dong was 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. 

After the first meeting with Do Cong Duong on April 5, 2018, lawyer Ha Huy Son shared that Duong was not in good health.

May 2018:

Police called for the two teenage daughters of Do Cuong Dong to come into the local station to discuss their father's case. The family has faced harassment over the years due to Dong's land rights and anti-corruption activism.

June 2018:

Duong's family is in a difficult situation as he used to be the main provider for the family.

Profile last updated: 2018-07-29 21:11:07