Marking Prisoners Sunday 2019
Prisoners Sunday, 13 October 2019, is the national day of action and prayer for prisoners and their dependents as marked by the Catholic church and across Christian denominations. Attached to this blog is more information on this annual event which was started in 1975. It is the start of a full week of events - Prisoners Week.
Amnesty Warrington are marking this week by highlighting the case of Nguyen Van Hoa, journalist and human rights defender, who is a prisoner of conscience in Vietnam. he was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison ad three years probation for reporting on the 2016 Formosa environmental disaster in Central Vietnam, accused of dissemination anti-state propaganda. Tortured to confess to his 'crime' he is being held in solitary confinement as punishment for his refusal to cooperate.
He is from the area of Vietnam which was most affected by the environmental disaster caused by Formosa dumping industrial waste in the sea.
He is a prisoner of conscience and should be unconditionally released.