Tran Thi Xuan

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 401 days
Activity: Environmental activist
Birth date: 1976
Arrest Date: October 17, 2017
Trial Date: April 12, 2018
Appeal Date: April 12, 2018
Sentence: 9 years in prison follow by 5 years house arrest
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: Dong Son Prison Camp

Tran Thi Xuan is a human rights defender, environmental activist, and member of the Brotherhood for Democracy, an organization that promotes civic engagement and provides training in human rights. Xuan supported local fishermen affected by the Formosa environmental disaster which resulted in mass fish deaths off Vietnam’s central coast, and participated in protests in 2016 and 2017. She was arrested while traveling to work in Ha Tinh on 17 October 2017.


Dong Son Prison Camp

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Tran Thi Xuan

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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