August 22, 2017

Urgent Action: Missing Human Rights Defender At Risk Of Torture (Viet Nam: UA 197.17)


Former prisoner of conscience, Nguyễn Bắc Truyển was last seen on 30 July 2017 after dropping off his wife outside her place of work in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Although State media reported that he was arrested by authorities, more than three weeks later his wife has received no official confirmation from police as to the accusations against him or his place of detention. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment and has pre-existing medical conditions that require treatment.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Immediately disclose the whereabouts of Nguyễn Bắc Truyển;
  • Release Nguyễn Bắc Truyển immediately and unconditionally if he is in State custody, as it appears he has been deprived of his liberty solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association;
  • Pending his release, ensure that Nguyễn Bắc Truyển is protected from torture and other ill-treatment and is allowed access to his family, a lawyer of his choice, and adequate medical care.

Contact these two officials by 3 October, 2017:

Prime Minister
Nguyễn Xuân Phúc
Prime Minister’s Office
Hà Nội, Việt Nam
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ambassador H.E. Pham Quang Vinh, Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
1233 20th St NW Suite 400, Washington DC 20036
Fax: 1 202 861 0917 I Phone: 1 202 861 0737
Email: [email protected] OR [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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