Urgent Action Update: Ongoing Punishment for Prisoner of Conscience (Viet Nam: UA 155.18)

Human rights defender Tran Thi Nga recently told her husband in a hurried phone call that she had been brutally beaten up and has received a death threats by another inmate. After a previous call with her family, it appears that the attacks have been orchestrated by prison authorities to punish her. Detained for more than 18 months, Tran Thi Nga is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.


Human rights defender Trần Thị Nga is being punished by prison authorities, for ‘not following prison principles’, without any reason being provided. Prohibited from seeing her family, and only allowed one heavily restricted phone call per month, there are grave concerns for her well-being. Detained since January 2017, Tran Thi Nga is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

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

  • Release Trần Thị Nga immediately and unconditionally, as she is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising her rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly;
  • Ensure that pending her release, she is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and all allegations are effectively investigated impartially and independently and those responsible are brought to account;
  • End prison transfers as a punitive measure and ensure that Trần Thị Nga has regular access to her family and lawyer of her choice, as well as to the adequate medical care she may require.

Contact these two officials by 6 December, 2018:
State President
Trần Đại Quang    

Số 2 Hùng Vương, Ba Đình
Hà Nội, Việt Nam.

Fax: +84437335256
Email: [email protected]  
Salutation: Dear President

Ambassador H.E. Pham Quang Vinh
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
1233 20th St NW Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

Phone: 202 861 0737 I Fax: 202 861 0917
Email: [email protected] 
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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