Nguyen Dang Minh Man

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 2688 days
Activity: Photo journalist; Social activist
Birth date: January 10, 1985
Arrest Date: August 2, 2011
Trial Date: January 8, 2013
Sentence: 8 years in prison follow by 5 years house arrest
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: Prison Camp 5

Nguyen Dang Minh Man is a social activist who posted photos of peaceful demonstrations. She was arrested in 2011 along with 13 other individuals. Sentenced in one of the largest mass trials in Vietnam, Minh Man received a penalty of 8 years imprisonment and 5 years house arrest for “attempting to overthrow the government” (Article 79). To protest her ill-treatment in detention, she carried out two hunger strikes in November and December 2014. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) adopted an opinion in August 2016, ruling in favour of a petition submitted by the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) and students from the Freedom of Expression Law Clinic at Zagreb University.

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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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