Tran Thi Thuy

Current Status: Sentenced

Photo of Tran Thi Thuy

Other Names: Trần Thị Thúy

Date of Birth: 1971

Gender: F

Religion: Buddhist (Hoa Hao)

Ethnicity: Kinh


Latest Prison: An Phuoc detention center, Binh Duong province

Areas of Activism:

  • Land rights

Known Affiliations:

Arrest History

August 10, 2010
May 30, 2011
8 years in prison
  • Art. 79
August, 2018


Tran Thi Thuy's health is in poor condition. She has been diagnosed with a uterine tumor, and her medical care has been contingent on confessing to the crimes for which she is imprisoned. 

Tran Thi Thuy has been a vocal advocate for those affected by land confiscation. She herself had her land confiscated by authorities in a land grab and became an advocate for others after her experience. 

Tran Thi Thuy was arrested in August 2010. She was tried along with six others on May 30, 2011, and sentenced to eight years for alleged ties to a peaceful overseas pro-democracy group. 

Her detention has been deemed arbitray by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Tran Thi Thuy suffers from high blood pressure and a uterus tumor , diagnosed in April 2015, and has endured harsh labor conditions while imprisoned. Her family is extremely concerned about her poor health. Thuy has large tumors covering her body. The family is worried about incorrect provision of medication in prison and has notbeen permitted to speak with prison medical staff about their concerns. Authorities have refused her the right to speak with her family over the phone since being imprisoned.

August 2011:

Human Rights Watch called for the release of Tran Thi Thuy and three others before their appeal trial.

December 2015:

Amnesty International released an Urgent Action for Tran Thi Thuy as prison authorities refused to treat her extremely painful tumor unless she confessed to the crimes for which she is charged. 

September 2016:

Amnesty International released an Urgent Action after authorities still refused to treat Tran Thi Thuy's tumor without a confession, treatment amounting to torture.

February 2017:

Amnesty International released an Urgent Action for Tran Thi Thuy's health status, stating that she was no longer able to walk, as a result of lack of medical treatment. 

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Jailed Vietnamese Activist in Failing Health, Denied Family Phone Calls, Radio Free Asia, October 10, 2017

Free Vietnam's Political Prisoners!, Human Rights Watch, November 3, 2017

Vietnam: Further Information: Growing Health Fears for Prisoner of Conscience - Tran Thi Thuy, Amnesty International, February 17, 2017

Profile last updated: 2018-01-13 20:18:37