Tran Thanh Phuong

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

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Other Names: Trần Thanh Phương

Date of Birth:

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Current Prison: HCM city Police detention center, No. 4 Phan Dang Luu, Ho Chi Minh city

Areas of Activism:

  • Freedom of expression
  • Human rights
  • Sovereignty

Known Affiliations:

  • Hiến Pháp

February 2019:

Tran Thanh Phuong has been detained in Vietnam since September 2018. He was arrested as part of a crackdown on Hien Phap, a constitutional rights group, ahead of planned protests for Vietnam's Independence Day. Phuong's wife, Le Thi Khanh, has not been able to see him since the early days of his arrest, and she is only permitted to send food once every two months. Authorities have tried to summon Phuong and Khanh's teenage daughter for questioning. Charges against Phuong are still unknown. Khanh believes he was expressing his rights in line with Vietnam's Constitution. Read more on this case, from The Vietnamese

Details - Background, History of Activism, Family Situation.

He was living in Ho Chi Minh City before his arrest.

He is a member of Hien Phap (Constitution) group, advocating for people to have knowledge about human rights, political rights, and civil rights, which are provided for in Vietnam’s 2013 Constitution.

He and his colleagues in the group participated in the nationwide protesting against two draft legislations on Special Economic Zones and Cybersecurity on June 10, 2018.

They also called for a demonstration on September 4 for the occasion of the Vietnam Independence Day but were arrested before the scheduled day of the demonstration.

He is married and has two daughters. 

December 2018:

On December 4, Le Khanh went to No. 4, Phan Dang Luu street to send her husband, Tran Thanh Phuong, some supplies because she had not been allowed to meet with him since his September 1 arrest. Upon arrival, police summoned her to work in a room right away. She asked to see an official document for this summons, however, they argued that it was a "direct summon," which does not need an order. Police admitted that they previously confiscated her daughter’s phone for investigation, despite promising to give it back the next day. Police also said that they sent an official announcement on Phuong’s arrest but did not clarify when and how they sent it, because Khanh did not receive it. At the end of the working session, police asked Khanh to bring the couple's 13-year-old daughter for a working session. Phuong was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City on September 1. In October and December, police had also tried to summon his daughter for questioning about her father's activities.

Arrested September 1, 2018.

September 1, 2018

On September 1, Facebooker Phuong Tran was arrested by police of Binh Hung Hoa Ward, Binh Tan district, Ho Chi Minh City. His wife and daughters came to his detention location but were threatened to be arrested. Police detained Phuong without announcing to his family any formal reason about his arrest.

The main reasons of his arrest could be because of his involvement in the Hien Phap (Constitution) group, which is not recognized by the authorities, and/or his participation in demonstrations against two draft laws on Special Economic Zones and Cybersecurity on June 10, 2018.

He is now held at Ho Chi Minh city police temporary detention center, located at No.4, Phan Dang Luu Street, Binh Thanh district, Ho Chi Minh city.

October 2018:

Forty-five days after Phuong was arrested without formal charges his 13-year-old daughter was summoned to the police station regarding her father’s arrest, on October 15, 2018. She was asked to go with her mother, Le Thi Khanh, to the police station where Phuong was detained, at No.4, Phan Dang Luu Street, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Le Thi Khanh also said the reason for this summons was because of her daughter’s video clip and pictures uploaded on Facebook on September 1, the day of her husband’s arrest. She recorded a video in front of the ward police headquarters in case her father was tortured and also took some pictures of police coming to their house that morning. 

Police confiscated her phone, promised to send it back the next day, but still kept it. They also came to their house and threatened them that if they did not follow the first summons orders, they would send more summons or force them to come.

Profile last updated: 2019-04-16 19:37:02