Nguyen Bac Truyen

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 2253 days
Activity: Citizen journalist
Birth date: 1968
Arrest Date: July 30, 2017
Trial Date: April 5, 2018
Appeal Date: June 4, 2018
Sentence: 11 years in prison follow by 3 years house arrest
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: B14 Detention Center

Nguyen Bac Truyen co-founded the People’s Democratic Party (Đảng Dân Chủ Nhân Dân). Prior to his arrest, he published many articles critical of the Vietnamese government. He set up a law office at his company, Viet Thinh Phu, to provide free legal assistance to those affected by government land grabs. He has spoken up in favor of multi-party democracy and called on the Vietnamese government to release all political prisoners. Truyen was released in 2010 after serving 4 years imprisonment on charges of “conducting propaganda against the State”. In 2011, Truyen was honoured with the Hellman/Hammett award by Human Rights Watch. On 19 September 2016, Truyen and his wife, Kim Phuong, were physically attacked by unidentified men as they returned home from a church service in Saigon. Truyen has been subjected to ongoing harassment by the authorities. Truyen was arrested along three other human rights defenders, Nguyen Trung Ton, Truong Minh Duc and Pham Van Troi on 30 August 2017.

B14 Detention Center

Activists being held at this prison:

Hoang Duc Binh
Nguyen Bac Truyen
Pham Van Troi

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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