Nguyen Van Tuc

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 2420 days
Activity: Blogger; Human rights defender
Birth date: 1964
Arrest Date: September 1, 2017
Trial Date: April 10, 2018
Appeal Date: September 14, 2018
Sentence: 13 years in prison follow by 5 years house arrest
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: Prison Camp 6

Nguyen Van Tuc is a blogger and human rights defender. Tuc has spoken out against social injustices and the recent Formosa environmental disaster, and has organized with victims of police brutality, government corruption and land grabs. A former political prisoner, Tuc was previously arrested and charged for “conducting propaganda against the state” under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Penal Code and was released in 2012 after four years in prison. In 2013, Nguyen Van Tuc joined the Brotherhood for Democracy, an organization that promotes civic engagement and provides training in human rights. He was arrested in September 2017 amidst an ongoing crackdown against peaceful political expression. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison and 3 years house arrest on 5 April 2018.

Prison Camp 6

Activists being held at this prison:

Luong Nhat Quang
Nguyen Van Tuc
Tran Huynh Duy Thuc
Tran Phi Dung
Truong Minh Duc
Vo Tiet

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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