Vuong Tan Son

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 2477 days
Activity: Religious activist
Birth date: 1953
Arrest Date: February 10, 2012
Trial Date: January 28, 2013
Sentence: 17 years in prison
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: Xuyen Moc Prison Camp

Vuong Tan Son, a follower of the environmental religious organization, “Council for the Laws and Public Affairs of Bia Son”, in Phu Yen province. Founded by Phan Van Thu, the group used peaceful means to try and win the confidence of the masses against the state.

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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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