Nguyen Trung Truc
Current Status: Sentenced
Other Names: Nguyễn Trung Trực
Date of Birth: June 6, 1974
Areas of Activism:
- Human rights
- Brotherhood for Democracy
- Art. 117 (new)
- Art. 79
Nguyen Trung Truc is a member of the pro-democracy Brotherhood for Democracy group, founded by former political prisoner Nguyen Van Dai. Truc is also a former political prisoner. In July 2016, Truc was part of a group of activists who were beaten by plainclothes attackers while attending a wedding of a fellow activist.
Nguyen Trung Truc was arrested at his home in Quang Binh province on August 4, 2017, just days after the arrests of several other members of the Brotherhood for Democracy.
Nguyen Trung Truc's lawyer submitted a petition to be able to meet with Truc to prepare his defense. At the time, Truc, the spokesperson for the Brotherhood for Democracy, had not been able to meet with his lawyer since being arrested in August 2017.
A source close to the family reported that Truc was having problems with his eyesight and was generally in poor health.
Amnesty International condemned Truc's 12-year sentence, saying, "All Nguyen Trung Truc is guilty of is speaking out for human rights and advocating for democracy in Viet Nam," and Human Rights Watch called him "yet another victim of the Vietnamese government’s campaign against people who advocate human rights and democracy." The US Embassy in Vietnam also released a statement criticizing the decision.
Vietnam Arrests Fifth Member of Online Democracy Group, Radio Free Asia, August 4, 2017
Vietnamese Democracy Adovocate Held in Dark Cell, in Failing Health, Radio Free Asia, August 8, 2018
Vietnam court jails activist for 12 years, Channel News Asia, September 13, 2018
Profile last updated: 2018-09-17 03:37:11