Nguyen Nam Phong
Current Status: Sentenced
Other Names: Nguyễn Nam Phong
Date of Birth: August 15, 1980
Religion: Christian (Catholic)
Areas of Activism:
- Art. 330 (new)
- Art. 257
Political prisoner Nguyen Nam Phong’s wife, Mrs. Yen, said that Phong was beaten many times when he was held in Nguyen Kim detention center, Nghe An province. Police brought a picture of Ho Chi Minh to him and forced Phong to greet him, and then continued beating Phong. They also slandered Phong with terrible words and scolded him, saying, “You follow the exiled reactionaries!” In August, Mrs. Yen and their three children visited Phong in Ha Tinh provincial detention center. His health was in poor condition due to forced labor.
Nguyen Nam Phong was the driver for Catholic priest Nguyen Dinh Thuc from the Song Ngoc parish and activist Hoang Duc Binh when Hoang Duc Binh was arrested on May 15 in Nghe An province. Binh was escorting priest Nguyen Dinh Thuc from the Song Ngoc parish in Dien Chau district to Vinh city. The police stopped their car in Dien Chau district’s center and violently removed Binh from the car. When the police ordered the driver, Phong, to open the car to let them to take Binh out, Phong refused.
Nguyen Nam Phong was arrested on November 28, 2017, and charged with “resisting persons in the performance of their official duties” under Article 330 of the 2015 Criminal Code. He was tried together with Hoang Duc Binh.
Phong and Hoang Duc Binh were supposed to face trial on January 25, but the trial was rescheduled just before it was about to begin.
Hoang Duc Binh was sentenced to 14 years in prison; Nguyen Nam Phong was sentenced to two years.
Human Rights Watch called for Binh and Phong's releases ahead of the scheduled trial. Brad Adams, Asia Director, stated: “There is no sign that Vietnam is slowing down its intensive crackdown on rights activists in the last 14 month."
Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the US Department of State, released a statement speaking out against the convictions of Binh and Phong, stating: "The United States is deeply troubled that a Vietnamese court has convicted and sentenced peaceful labor and environmental activist Hoang Duc Binh and Nguyen Nam Phong to fourteen years and two years in prison, respectively, under vague articles of the Penal code."
Profile last updated: 2018-10-01 13:29:02