Luu Van Vinh

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 2519 days
Activity: Activist
Birth date: 1967
Arrest Date: November 6, 2016
Trial Date: October 5, 2018
Sentence: 15 years in prison follow by 3 years house arrest
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: Chi Hoa Prison Camp

Luu Van Vinh is founder of the Coalition for Vietnamese Self-Determination. He was arrested in November 2016 along with another member of the Coalition for Vietnamese Self-Determination, Nguyen Van Duc Do. They were both held incommunicado until October 2017. The day of his arrest, Luu Van Vinh was beaten in front of his family in the head, face, and abdomen according to Amnesty International. He had participated in multiple protests against China and the Formosa environmental disaster. In April 2018, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled that the imprisonment of Luu Van Vinh is arbitrary and in violation of international law.

More information:

Chi Hoa Prison Camp

Activists being held at this prison:

Luu Van Vinh
Nguyen Quoc Hoan
Nguyen Van Duc Do
Phan Trung

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).


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