Tran Thi Xuan
Current Status: Sentenced
Other Names: Teresa Trần Thị Xuân
Date of Birth: October 10, 1976
Religion: Christian (Catholic)
Latest Prison: Prison No. 5, Thanh Hoa province
Areas of Activism:
- Brotherhood for Democracy
- Art. 79
Continuing a string of recent prison transfers, authorities moved female activist and political prisoner Tran Thi Xuan from the Ha Tinh province police detention center to prison no. 5, Thanh Hoa province.
Human Rights Foundation submitted an individual complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention regarding the case of Vietnamese pro-democracy and social activist Tran Thi Xuan. Read the full complaint, here.
Tran Thi Xuan resided in Long Hai hamlet, Thach Kim commune, Loc Ha district, Ha Tinh province. She is a member of Cua Sot parrish, Loc Ha district.
Tran Thi Xuan has been active in her Catholic community, raising money for charitable causes. She also spoke out against pollution in the wake of the 2016 Formosa environmental disaster and participated in protests in Loc Ha districts to demand compensation for the fishermen for the pollution caused by the toxic spill.
Tran Thi Xuan was arrested under Article 79 (“attempt to overthrow the people’s government”) by the police of Ha Tinh province in Ha Tinh province on October 17, when she was on the way from her home to the local church. Her family was not notified about the arrest until the following day, and they were only informed by phone. There was no arrest warrant, and the police of Ha Tinh province only issued a "Press release on the urgent arrest of Tran Thi Xuan" two days after the arrest. The authorities were not clear about the details of the charges against her. Hundreds, and perhaps a few thousand, people protested Xuan’s arrest in a mass public display of support in Ha Tinh. Supporters also held a prayer vigil in her honor.
Tran Thi Xuan in court on April 12, 2018. Source: VietnamNet
Xuan has 15 days to appeal the first instance decision. Her family has requested to visit her to discuss about the appeal, but the authorities won't allow visits until April 30 (after the deadline to appeal has passed). Since her arrest, the family has not been able to visit her.
Before arrest: Xuan suffers from multiple health problems, including kidney disease and asthma.
After arrest: the picture from her trial shows that Xuan may be suffering from fluid retention due the lack of treatment for her kidney disease.
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Catholic parishoners and priests have asked the Vietnamese government to reconsider the conviction of Tran Thi Xuan. In a petition submitted the government, they alleged that Xuan has been denied visits from both family and lawyers while imprisoned. They questioned the motives behind Xuan's arrest and whether they were connected to Xuan's assistance towards victims of the Formosa ecological disaster.
Defend the Defenders's archives
AFP, Vietnam protester arrested for ‘attempt to overthrow state’, October 18, 2017
Catholic woman arrrested for subverting the state in Vietnam, UCA News, October 20, 2017
Vietnam Jails 3 More Democracy Activists, Drawing Condemnation from Rights Defenders, Radio Free Asia, April 12, 2018
Two more activists jailed in Vietnam amid widening dissent crackdown, Reuters, April 12, 2018
VietnamNet, Xử Trần Thị Xuân vụ 'Hoạt động lật đổ chính quyền' ở Hà Tĩnh, April 12, 2018
Individual Complaint (Tran Thi Xuan), Human Rights Foundation, June 22, 2018 (PDF)
Profile last updated: 2018-07-17 02:37:56