Nguyen Van Dien

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 2602 days
Activity: Blogger
Birth date: 1983
Arrest Date: March 3, 2017
Trial Date: January 31, 2018
Sentence: 6 years and 6 months in prison
Charge: Article 88 (Propaganda against the socialist state)
Location: Prison Camp 5

Nguyen Van Dien is a leading member of Phong Trao Dan Toc Chan Hung Nuoc Viet (“Vietnam Progressive Movement”). He and Vu Quang Thuan were arrested and charged for “conducting propaganda against the state” under Article 88 for producing and distributing videos on Youtube. One of his last videos before his arrest was titled “A Guide to Organising a Lawful Protest.”

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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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