Nguyen Trung Truc
Current Status: Sentenced to prison
Other Names: Nguyễn Trung Trực
Date of Birth: June 6, 1974
Current Prison: Prison No. 5, Thanh Hoa province
Areas of Activism:
- Human rights
- Brotherhood for Democracy
Nguyen Trung Truc was transferred from Quang Binh to Thanh Hoa Province. Truc may now be imprisoned at Detention Center 5, notorious for harsh treatment for political prisoners. The family was not notified in advance of the move. The sudden transfer came as the Lunar New Year approached, making it harder for his family to visit him.
Details - History of Activism.
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.
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
Arrested August 4, 2017. Sentenced to 12 years in prison under Art. 117 (2015 Code), Art. 79 (1999 Code). Expected Release is August 4, 2029.
- Art. 117 (2015 Code)
- Art. 79 (1999 Code)
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.
Nguyen Trung Truc was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Quang Binh province on September 12. His lawyer reported that Truc maintained his innocence and said he would appeal the verdict. His trial had been set for August 17, but was postponed unexpectedly.
On December 26, a court in Da Nang denied the appeal of Nguyen Trung Truc.
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 Court Rejects Activist’s Appeal of Lengthy Subversion Sentence, Radio Free Asia, December 26, 2018
Vietnamese Democracy Advocate Moved to New Prison Far From Home, Radio Free Asia, January 29, 2019
Profile last updated: 2019-02-04 03:45:53