Nguyen Viet Dung
(aka: Dũng Phi Hổ)
|Days In Jail:||1576 days|
|Arrest Date:||September 27, 2017|
|Trial Date:||April 12, 2018|
|Appeal Date:||August 15, 2018|
|Sentence:||6 years in prison follow by 5 years house arrest|
|Charge:||Article 88 (Propaganda against the socialist state)|
|Location:||Nghi Kim Detention Center|
Nguyen Viet Dung, also known as Dung Phi Ho, is a social activist who has participated in protests against Chinese aggression in the East Sea. He was arrested on 27 September 2017 as a part of a wider crackdown on peaceful expression. Nguyen Viet Dung was charged for “conducting propaganda against the State”. Nguyen Viet Dung was previously arrested in April 2015 after participating in a rally protesting against the cutting down of trees in Hanoi and charged for “causing public disorder”. Nguyen Viet Dung was a student at Hanoi University of Science and technology, but was expelled in 2006 for criticising government policy.
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).