Prisoners of Conscience Protest
- Event type
- Sunday 26 May 2019
Vietnamese Embassy, 12 Victoria Road
- 11:00 - 12:30
- Phone number
- Amnesty Internation Guildford
The Prisoner of Conscience we will again focus on is:
Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, aged 49, an entrepreneur, who started a mobile phone company. He was arrested in 2009 for setting up a blog and study group entitled “The Change we Need”. Originally charged with "theft of telephone lines", this was changed to "acting to overthrow the people's Government". After one day’s trial on 20th May 2010 he was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Recorded as having suffered torture, mistreatment and extortion while under arrest and in prison, he has continued to protest with hunger strikes and by refusing to undertake prison labour.
The Community we are supporting is the people of Loc Hung Vegetable Garden;
On January 4th and 9th 2019, all the dwellings in Loc Hung were illegally bulldozed flat, making the whole community homeless and destroying their livelihoods. Many of the families have lived on the land since 1954, when the land was owned by the Catholic Church, and, since 1993, have been petitioning the city authorities for registration of their rights to dwell on the land, as households who have lived there for more than 20 years. They have been ignored.
Amnesty International also deplores the manner in which the destruction was carried out –using 1000 police; arresting any protestors and harassing those who are trying to support them.