Tran Anh Kim
Current Status: Sentenced
Other Names: Trần Anh Kim
Date of Birth: 1949
Latest Prison: Prison No. 5, Thanh Hoa province
Areas of Activism:
- Human rights
- Democratic Party of Vietnam
- Bloc 8406
- Art. 79
- Art. 79
Tran Anh Kim is from Thai Binh province in northern Vietnam. He is a retired military officer and fought in the Vietnam War.
Tran Anh Kim has long been a supporter of democracy and a critic of perceived Communist Party corruption. He was also an initial supporter of pro-democracy group, Bloc 8406. At the time of his second arrest, he was planning to establish a pro-democracy organization called the “National Force to Launch the Democracy Flag," along with Le Thanh Tung and four others he had not met in person.
Tran Anh Kim was arrested in 2009 for alleged ties to the banned Democratic Party of Vietnam. He was sentenced to 5.5 years under Article 79. He was previously been arrested in 1991 and 1994 whils still in the military.
Police came and arrested Kim at his home on September 21, 2015, searching the home and calling his wife in for interrogation as well. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison under Article 79 on December 16, 2016, along with Le Thanh Tung, who received 12 years.
Kim and Tungs' appeals of their sentences were denied on May 26, 2017.
Tran Anh Kim and Le Thanh Tung were moved to another prison farther from their homes (from Ha Nam to Thanh Hoa province). Their families were not informed of this transfer at the time.
After a visit on December 17, Kim's wife reported that he is suffering from prostatitis, which has been getting more serious. The prison’s infirmary is unable to treat him, but the prison’s authorities have not yet permitted him to be sent to the province’s hospital to receive treatment, saying they are still waiting for their superiors’ order. Kim is currently detained at Prison No. 5, Thanh Hoa province. Read more in English, here.
Human Rights Watch condemned an physical attack on 12 activists who went to Kim's home to visit him after his initial release from prison. The activists were stopped after leaving Kim's house, and when they refused to be taken in for questioning, they were attacked by thugs, thought to be working with police themselves.
US Ambassador to Vietnam at the time, Ted Osius, expressed worries after Kim and Le Thanh Tungs' trial.
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Vietnam Dissidents Sent to New Prison Far From Home, Radio Free Asia, August 31, 2017
Vietnamese Dissident in Failing Health in Prison, Radio Free Asia, December 18, 2017
Banned, Censored, Harassed, and Jailed: Six Vietnamese Writers Receive Hellman/Hammett Grants, Human Rights Watch, October 13, 2009
Profile last updated: 2018-01-13 20:16:44