Luu Van Vinh

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Luu Van Vinh

Other Names: Lưu Văn Vịnh

Date of Birth: 1967

Gender: M

Religion:

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Construction contractor

Latest Prison: Chi Hoa prison, Ho Chi Minh city

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Land rights
  • Maritime sovereignty

Known Affiliations:

Arrest History

November 6, 2016
Pending
  • Art. 79
Defense Counsels: Dang Dinh Manh; Nguyen Van Mieng

Details

May 2018:

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has opined that the detention of pro-democracy activist Luu Van Vinh by authorities of Ho Chi Minh City is arbitrary and demanded his release.

March 2018:

The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City has returned Luu Van Vinh's case to the authorities for further investigation, refusing to prosecute him at this time. 

Vinh is a handyman from Hai Duong province, living in Ho Chi Minh City at the time of his arrest.

Vinh and his friend, Nguyen Van Duc Do, were both arrested for their roles in protesting Chinese activity in the South China Sea and the toxic Formosa spill that began in April 2016. Vinh founded a group called the Coalition for Self-Determination for Vietnamese People. 

Vinh was arrested on November 6, 2016, after police came into his home, beat him, and took him away without presenting official documents. Nguyen Van Duc Do was also arrested after meeting with Vinh.

Vinh is currently awaiting trial in pre-trial detention.

March 2018:

The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City has returned Luu Van Vinh's case to the authorities for further investigation, refusing to prosecute him at this time. 

May 2018:

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has opined that the detention of pro-democracy activist Luu Van Vinh by authorities of Ho Chi Minh City is arbitrary and demanded his release.

November 2017:

After a November 2017 visit, his wife reported that Vinh's health is worsening; he looks slim and has poor skin and weakened vision because glasses are prohibited. 

December 2017:

Luu Van Vinh has faced nearly constant death threats from his cellmate, but authorities have denied his request for a cell transfer; they have also denied Vinh glasses sent from his family.

Luu Van Vinh's wife and two kids met with him for the first time since his detention, over a year later, on November 13, 2017. The meeting was only 15 minutes long. Vinh received the news that his father had passed away since his detention began. His wife, Nguyen Thi Thap, has also been forced to close the family’s business due to police harassment. 

 

November 2016:

Amnesty International released an Urgent Action regarding Vinh's "risk of torture and other ill treatment" while detained. 

The 88 Project's archives

Defend the Defenders's archives

U.N. Human Rights Body Wants Vietnam to Free Dissidents, Radio Free Asia, November 22, 2016

Viet Nam: Crackdown on Human Rights Amidst Formosa Related Activism, Amnesty International, November 8, 2016

Viet Nam: Activists Held Incommunicado at Risk of Torture, Amnesty Internatonal, November 22, 2016

Profile last updated: 2018-05-15 03:22:20