Tran Huynh Duy Thuc

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 5242 days
Activity: Blogger; Entrepreneur
Birth date: November 29, 1966
Arrest Date: May 24, 2009
Trial Date: January 20, 2010
Appeal Date: May 11, 2010
Sentence: 16 years in prison follow by 5 years house arrest
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: Prison Camp 6

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc is a co-founder of One Internet Connection (OIC), a prominent telecommunications company in the Southeast Asia region. A member of the Democratic Party of Vietnam, Thuc blogged under the pen name Tran Dong Chan and Change We Need. In 2005 he created the “Think Tank Chan” with friends to reflect on the future of Vietnam. Tran Huynh Duy Thuc was arrested on 24 May 2009 and charged with “conducting propaganda against the state” and was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment and 5 years house arrest. Authorities later modified the charge to “attempting to overthrow the state”. In August 2012, The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) declared his detention a violation of international law.

More information:

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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