Tran Thanh Phuong
Current Status: Pre-trial detention
Other Names: Trần Thanh Phương
Date of Birth:
Current Prison: HCM city Police detention center, No. 4 Phan Dang Luu, Ho Chi Minh city
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
- Human rights
- Hiến Pháp
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.
Arrested 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.
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.
HCM City Police Summon 13-year-old Daughter of Detained Activist for Interrogation about His Activities, Defend the Defenders, October 26, 2018
Wife of Arbitrarily Detained Facebooker: He Only Exercised His Constitutional Rights, The Vietnamese, February 24, 2019
Profile last updated: 2019-04-16 19:37:02