Tran Hoang Phuc
|Days In Jail:||780 days|
|Arrest Date:||June 29, 2017|
|Trial Date:||January 31, 2018|
|Sentence:||6 years in prison follow by 4 years house arrest|
|Charge:||Article 88 (Propaganda against the socialist state)|
|Location:||An Phuoc Prison Camp|
Tran Hoang Phuc is an activist and blogger originally based in Saigon. He has written about human rights, social justice and environmental protection in Vietnam. He is an active member of the “Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative” (YSEALI), a US-led leadership development and networking program. Local authorities previously detained Phuc while he was in line to attend the YSEALI town hall meeting with then United States President Barack Obama. In April 2017, Phuc and another activist, Huynh Thanh Phat, were both abducted by plainclothes policemen. The two were physically attacked by the masked men over a course of a four-hour car ride, before they were stripped and abandoned in a remote area.
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).