VRNs (Feb 05th , 2013) – Care2petitionsite – 14 activists were convicted and sentenced to jail terms ranging from 3 to 13 years, following up to five years of house arrest, by the People’s Court of Nghe An province.
This is a part of a growing movement attacking government critics, including the well known blogger Le Quoc Quan, who was arrested in December. The fourteen activists were charged after attending a course put on by the Viet Tan organization, a banned organization that works for democracy, human rights, and political reform in Vietnam. They are banned because in the past they spearheaded a movement against the Vietnamese communist government.
All of the activists have been involved in the struggle for human rights and have advocated for other issues including the environment.
This sentencing was based off of vague security laws, specifically article 79 of the penal code, which forbids “overthrowing the government”. Please tell the Vietnam government to remove these convictions and support activists!