Truong Minh Duc

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 2453 days
Activity: Journalist
Birth date: August 10, 1960
Arrest Date: July 30, 2017
Trial Date: April 5, 2018
Appeal Date: June 4, 2018
Sentence: 12 years in prison follow by 3 years house arrest
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: Prison Camp 6

Truong Minh Duc is citizen journalist and human rights defender. He is a former state journalist who wrote for for state-owned newspapers including Thanh Nien and Tuoi Tre. After witnessing and reporting on abuses of power and civil rights violations in Vietnam, he took to blogging and citizen journalism in 2002 to report on these issues. As the Vice President of the Brotherhood for Democracy, an organization that promotes civic engagement and provides training in human rights, Truong Minh Duc organised trainings on citizen journalism and general and digital security in different regions of Vietnam. Truong Minh Duc was previously arrested in 2007 and sentenced to five years in prison, charged for “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the state” under Article 258 of Vietnam’s Penal Code. He was awarded a Hellman/Hammett free expression grant in 2013 and the Vietnam Human Rights award by the Vietnam Human Rights Network in 2010. Truong Minh Duc and his colleagues from the Brotherhood for Democracy were arrested at the end of July 2017 as part of an ongoing crackdown on peaceful political expression. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 3 years house arrest on 5 April 2018.

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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