Tran Anh Kim

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 1158 days
Activity: Writer
Birth date: 1949
Arrest Date: September 21, 2015
Trial Date: December 16, 2016
Appeal Date: May 26, 2017
Sentence: 13 years in prison follow by 5 years house arrest
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: Prison Camp 5

Tran Anh Kim is a retired Lt. Colonel who served in the Vietnam War. Kim has long advocated for human rights and democracy in Vietnam. Prior to his trial in December 2016, he completed a five and a half year prison term on a similar charge under Article 79 in April 2015. He was awarded a Hellman/Hammett grant by Human Rights Watch in 2009 for his pro-democracy and human rights work.

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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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