Le Thu Ha

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Le Thu Ha

Other Names: Lê Thu Hà

Date of Birth: September 8, 1982

Gender: F


Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Teacher

Latest Prison: B14 Detention Center, Hanoi

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Human rights

Known Affiliations:

  • Brotherhood for Democracy
  • Luong Tam TV

Arrest History

December 16, 2015
  • Art. 79


Update on December 16, 2017: Le Thu Ha remains in pre-trial detention two years after her initial arrest.

In May 2015, she was barred from travelling to Sweden for a conference, and her passport was confiscated. She was arrested and detained for one day in September 2015 along with five other activists for launching an independent human rights news television station linked to the Brotherhood for Democracy. She is a lawyer by training and has worked as a colleague of human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, founder of the Brotherhood for Democracy, and has served as the secretary of the Brotherhood for Democracy.

Latest arrest:

Le Thu Ha and her colleague Nguyen Van Dai were arrested while attempting to meet with EU delegates for the annual EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue in 2015. She has been held in incommunicado pre-trial detention since the arrest, and her pre-trial investigation period has been extended several times.

July 2017:

Authorities charged Ha and Dai under Article 79, which made it unclear if their original charge under Article 88 still stands. They also extended both pre-trial detentions for up to 20 months more. The letter reportedly also said that Son cannot meet with the clients until the pre-trial detention period is over.

Prior to arrest: Unknown

She has not been able to meet with her lawyer. 

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December 2015:

Amnesty International released an Urgent Action, warning against possible ill treatment in prison.

October 2016:

73 parliament members from 14 countries sent a letter to Vietnam's Prime Minister calling for Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thu Ha's release.

July 2016:

A group of 26 international organizations called for Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thu Ha's release in a joint statement.

Le Thu Ha's Facebook

Luong Tam TV YouTube channel

Dan Luan archives

The 88 Project's archives

Defend the Defenders's archives

VIETNAM: RELEASE LÊ THU HÀ (UA 297/15), Amnesty International, December 22, 2015 (PDF)

Profile last updated: 2018-01-13 20:10:25