Pham Van Troi

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 2253 days
Activity: Blogger; Human rights defender
Birth date: 1972
Arrest Date: July 30, 2017
Trial Date: April 5, 2018
Appeal Date: June 4, 2018
Sentence: 7 years in prison follow by 1 year house arrest
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: B14 Detention Center

Pham Van Troi is an engineer and community organizer. He was previously arrested in 2008 and sentenced to four years in prison and four years of house arrest for “conducting propaganda against the state” under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Penal Code. Since his release, Troi co-founded and and served a term as president of the Brotherhood for Democracy, an organization that promotes civic engagement and provides training in human rights. Troi has focused on training and capacity building within the democracy movement, connecting with various civil society organisations in Vietnam. Troi has been vocal on several social issues including opposing Chinese aggression in the East Sea and Hanoi’s tree-felling plans. Most recently he called for justice for victims affected by the Formosa environmental disaster. Vietnamese authorities arrested Pham Van Troi and his colleagues from the Brotherhood for Democracy at the end of July 2017 as part of an ongoing crackdown against peaceful political expression.

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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