Siu Wiu

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

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Date of Birth: 1978

Gender: M

Religion: Christian

Ethnicity: Montagnard

Current Prison: Phu Son 4 prison, Phu Luong district, Thai Nguyen province

Areas of Activism:

  • Religious freedom

Details -

Amnesty International, Viet Nam: List of Prisoners of Conscience, 12 July 2016 (PDF)

Arrest 1 - Arrested April, 2008. Sentenced to 10 years in prison. Expected Release is April, 2018.

April, 2008
January, 2009
10 years in prison
  • Art. 89 (1999 Code)
April, 2018

Siu Wiu is an ethnic minority (Ba Na) Christian activist from the Central Highlands and one of the leaders of a protest in Gia Lai province in April 2008 calling for religious freedom and release of Montagnard prisoners of conscience. According to his indictment, under the direction of Montagnard exiles abroad, Siu Wiu incited people to prepare banners with “reactionary anti-government content”. In January 2009, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison under Article 89 of the 1999 Penal Code for disrupting security. While imprisoned at Nam Hà Prison he spent six months in solitary confinement before being transferred to Phú Sơn 4 prison in Thái Nguyên province, even farther away from his family in Gia Lai. During pre-trial detention, police tortured him for more than two months during interrogation sessions. Among the torture tactics they employed was to hang him upside down and beat him with wooden batons.

Profile last updated: 2017-12-31 03:12:25