Dao Quang Thuc
Current Status: Sentenced
Other Names: Đào Quang Thực
Date of Birth: February 28, 1960
Latest Prison: Hoa Binh police detention center, Hoa Binh province
Areas of Activism:
- Human rights
- Maritime sovereignty
- Art. 79
Dao Quang Thuc at his trial on September 19. Source: Vu Thi Ha/ Vietnam News Agency via AP
Former teacher Dao Quang Thuc was tried on September 19 in Hoa Binh province and sentenced to 14 years in prison under Article 79 of the 1999 Criminal Code for subversion. Thuc's lawyer, Le Van Luan, said that the prosecution did not make an adequate case against Thuc, stating, “They showed only that he had tried to make connections [online] with others with similar views." Thuc's daughter remarked that he looked frail at trial, and that he had been severely beaten after his October 2017 arrest.
Dao Quang Thuc, a retired teacher, was arrested under Article 79 on October 5, 2017, in Hoa Binh province, under charges of subversion. He was arrested for online postings and peaceful participation in protests over the environment and territorial disputes with China. He remains in pre-trial detention. In late January 2018, authorities told his daughter that his pre-trial detention would be extended by four months, but no official, written notice was provided.
Authorities have mistreated and even tortured retired teacher and activist Dao Quang Thuc while in pre-trial detention, his family alleges.
Vietnamese Environmental Activist's Sentence Upheld on Appeal, Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2018
Vietnam jails retired teacher for 14 years for 'attempted subversion,' Channel News Asia, September 19, 2018
Retired Vietnamese Teacher Handed 14-Year Prison Term in Subversion Trial, Radio Free Asia, September 19, 2018
Profile last updated: 2018-10-15 02:49:19