Ho Duc Hoa
|Days In Jail:||4138 days|
|Activity:||Blogger; Community organizer|
|Arrest Date:||July 30, 2011|
|Trial Date:||January 8, 2013|
|Appeal Date:||May 23, 2013|
|Sentence:||13 years in prison follow by 5 years house arrest|
|Charge:||Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)|
|Location:||Nam Ha Prison Camp|
Ho Duc Hoa is a community organizer who wrote for the Vietnam Redemptorist News. As a member of the Vinh Diocese and John Paul II Group to Protect Life, he organized programs to aid the disabled, mobilize access to education for poor students, and assist typhoon victims. Hoa’s health has reportedly worsened due to poor prison conditions. Family reports indicate that his situation is dire. Though the prison is aware of his ailing health, he has not been allowed to receive treatment.
Note on Penal Code provisions:
A revised and expanded penal code took effect January 1, 2018 (known as the “Amended 2015 Penal Code”). While the previous provisions criminalizing political expression remained unchanged, they were renumbered. For instance, Article 79 (attempting to overthrow the government), Article 88 (anti-state propaganda), and Article 258 (abusing democratic rights) were renumbered as Article 109, Article 117, and Article 331, respectively.
For consistency with past media coverage, our database records the Article(s) that the prisoner was charged with (i.e., based on the version of the penal code applicable at the time of the sentencing).