Nguyen Viet Dung

Current Status: Sentenced

Photo of Nguyen Viet Dung

Other Names: Nguyễn Viết Dũng, Dũng Phi Hổ

Date of Birth: June 19, 1986

Gender: M


Ethnicity: Kinh


Latest Prison: Nghe An province police detention center, Nghe An province

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Environment
  • Maritime sovereignty

Known Affiliations:

  • Republican Party
  • Loyalist Association of the ARVN

Arrest History

Arrest 1

April, 2015
December, 2015
1 years in prison
  • Art. 245
April, 2016
Defense Counsels: Vo An Don

Arrest 2

September 27, 2017
April 12, 2018
7 years in prison
  • Art. 88
September 27, 2024
Defense Counsels: Ngo Anh Tuan


April 2018:

On April 12, 2018, Nguyen Viet Dung was sentenced to seven years in prison and five years of house arrest by a court in Nghe An province. 


Nguyen Viet Dung is an engineer from Nghe An province.

Nguyen Viet Dung is the founder of the unsanctioned Republican Party in Vietnam and the Loyalist Association of the ARVN and has been active in environmental and political protests.

First arrest: 

Nguyen Viet Dung was arrested in April 2015 after taking part in an environmental protest against cutting down trees in Hanoi. He was originally detained along with four others belonging to the Republic Party in Vietnam. He was wearing the uniform of the former South Vietnam army at the protest. He was tried in December 2015 under Article 245 and sentenced to 15 months in prison, reduced to 12 on appeal.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention deemed his 2015 detention as arbitrary. 

Second arrest:

Former political prisoner Nguyen Viet Dung, 31, was re-arrested in Nghe An province, during a lunch meeting, on September 27, 2017. He was kidnapped and later charged by authorities under Article 88; he now faces four months of pre-trial detention and up to 20 years in prison.

March 2018:

Nguyen Viet Dung was originally to tried  on March 28 in Nghe An province. He has been detained since September 27, 2017, and will be tried under Article 88 of the 1999 Criminal Code; he faces up to 20 years in prison. He met with his lawyers ahead of the trial; they asked to postpone the trial due to a personal scheduling conflict. The request was originally denied. However, later his trial was been postponed until April 12.

April 2018:

On April 12, 2018, Nguyen Viet Dung was sentenced to seven years in prison and five years of house arrest by a court in Nghe An province. 

May 2015:

A member of the Australian Parliament released a letter urging for Dung's release from prison.

December 2015:

Amnesty International released an Urgent Action for Nguyen Viet Dung.

March 2018:

Human Rights Watch called for his release ahead of the scheduled March 28, 2018 trial. Asia Director, Brad Adams challenged the government's manner of handling dissenting viewpoints, stating: “Neither Nguyen Viet Dung nor others calling for reform have shown any intention of giving in to this kind of heavy-handed pressure. All Vietnam is doing is calling attention to its ridiculous intolerance of dissent.”

April 2018:

Amnesty International's Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, James Gomez, commented on Nguyen Viet Dung and Vu Van Hung's April 12 trials: “After throwing a record number of human rights defenders in jail last year, the Vietnamese authorities have made another deeply troubling statement of intent by bringing these two activists before the courts. It sends a clear signal that there is to be no let-up.”

Profile last updated: 2018-05-10 13:22:21