Vuong Van Tha
Current Status: Sentenced
Other Names: Vương Văn Thả
Date of Birth: 1969
Religion: Buddhist (Hoa Hao)
Latest Prison: Bang Lang prison, Long Xuyen district, An Giang province
Areas of Activism:
- Religious freedom
- Art. 258
- Art. 88
Vuong Van Tha is a Hoa Hao Buddhist.
Vuong Van Tha was arrested on May 18, 2017, at his home. Tha previously served three years in prison for "abusing democratic freedoms," under Article 258 of the 1999 Criminal Code. He had resumed his activism shortly before his May 2017 re-arrest. His house was put under siege by authorities at the time of the arrest, blasted with water cannons that injured many inside the house. Tha's son and two nephews were also arrested. The four were reportedly arrested for making and flying the flag of the former Republic of Vietnam.
Vuong Van Tha was sentenced to 12 years in prison on January 23, 2018 under Article 88 in An Giang province. Neither his lawyer or his family were permitted to attend the trial.
Vietnam jails four for flying flag of 'Saigon regime,' Reuters, January 24, 2018
Vietnam Sentences Outspoken Buddhist Hermit to 12 Years in Jail, Radio Free Asia, January 23, 2018
Profile last updated: 2018-02-06 13:55:58