Vu Quang Thuan
|Days In Jail:||629 days|
|Arrest Date:||March 3, 2017|
|Trial Date:||January 31, 2018|
|Sentence:||8 years in prison|
|Charge:||Article 88 (Propaganda against the socialist state)|
|Location:||Ba Sao Prison Camp|
Vu Quang Thuan is a leading member of Phong Trao Dan Toc Chan Hung Nuoc Viet (“Vietnam Progressive Movement”). He produced a Youtube channel to discuss political issues and promote human rights and democracy. One of his last videos before his arrest was titled “A Guide to Organising a Lawful Protest.”
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).