Tran Thi Nga
(aka: Thúy Nga)
|Days In Jail:||639 days|
|Activity:||Blogger; Labour rights activist|
|Arrest Date:||January 21, 2017|
|Trial Date:||July 25, 2017|
|Appeal Date:||December 22, 2017|
|Sentence:||9 years in prison follow by 5 years house arrest|
|Charge:||Article 88 (Propaganda against the socialist state)|
|Location:||Gia Trung Prison Camp|
Tran Thi Nga is a social activist and an advocate for migrants’ rights. Nga spent 3 years in a hospital after being abused and exploited as a migrant worker in Taiwan. During her recovery in 2005, Nga educated herself on labour laws and rights. Returning to Vietnam, she advocated for the rights of exploited migrant workers, particularly for women who were trafficked overseas. Nga is the mother of four boys and blogs under the pen name Thuy Nga. She is known for capturing and hosting video blogs on police brutality. Prior to her arrest, she had been surveilled, harassed, and assaulted by authorities. She is a member of the group Vietnamese Women for Human Rights and Bau Bi Tuong Than, and organization that supports human rights work and provides assistance to prisoners of conscience in Vietnam.
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).