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Nonetheless No Trial Date for Two Vietnamese Land Rights Activists Detained Over a 12 months In the past — Radio Free Asia

Authorities in Vietnam have but to set a trial date for 2 land rights activists detained greater than a 12 months in the past for his or her criticism of the federal government in a high-profile land dispute, members of their household instructed RFA.

Trinh Ba Phuong and Nguyen Thi Tam, of the capital Hanoi’s Duong Noi district, have been arrested June 24, 2020 on fees of propagandizing towards the state for posting on-line articles and livestreaming movies vital of the federal government’s brutal response to a long-running dispute over a navy airport building web site about 25 miles south of the town.

Phuong’s mom Can Thi Theu and brother Trinh Ba Tu have been additionally arrested that day on the identical fees and sentenced on Could 5 to eight years in jail and three years on probation every on the cost of “creating, storing, disseminating anti-State supplies.”

Phuong and Tam stay in pre-trial detention.

“My husband’s lawyer Luan Le met him on July 20, and instructed me Phuong was wholesome,” Do Thi Thu, spouse of Trinh Ba Phuong, instructed RFA’s Vietnamese Service Wednesday.

“The lawyer additionally stated that my husband had maintained his proper to silence from the time he was arrested till talking with him,” she stated.

The household has not acquired any details about the schedule of Phuong’s trial, although Hanoi Police concluded investigation into his case on June 15.

Phuong and Tam have been each arrested by Hanoi Police for “disseminating anti-State supplies.” Tam’s household instructed RFA that she had additionally met along with her lawyer, however they don’t have any data on her trial date both.

Trinh Thu Thao, the daughter of Can Thi Theu, instructed RFA that Theu and her son Trinh Ba Tu are nonetheless in solitary confinement at a detention middle in close by Hoa Binh province. RFA beforehand reported that Thao had realized they have been positioned in solitary confinement about two weeks in the past.

The report additionally stated that the mom and son have additionally been refused household visits since their trial, however authorities didn’t clarify why.

Legal professionals for the mom and son visited the detention middle on July 8, the place employees instructed them that their solitary confinement was in accordance with orders from the Sentence Enforcement Division.

Can Thi Theu has been imprisoned twice beforehand, in 2014 and in 2016, for opposing the federal government’s switch of land in Duong Noi to non-public firms.

Dong Tam incident

On Jan. 9, 2020, round 3,000 safety officers carried out a raid on Dong Tam commune’s Hoanh hamlet to intervene in a long-running dispute over a navy airport building web site about 25 miles south of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.

Dong Tam village elder Le Dinh Kinh, 84, was shot and killed by police in the course of the operation, and Kinh’s sons Le Dinh Chuc and Le Dinh Cong have been sentenced to demise on Sept. 14, 2020 in reference to the deaths of three cops who have been additionally killed within the conflict.

In an earlier flare up of the Dong Tam dispute that goes again to 1980, farmers detained 38 cops and native officers throughout a weeklong standoff in April 2017. Three months later, the Hanoi Inspectorate rejected the farmer’s claims that 47 hectares (116 acres) of their farmland was seized for the military-run Viettel Group—Vietnam’s largest cell phone operator—with out satisfactory compensation.

Whereas all land in Vietnam is finally held by the state, land confiscations have turn into a flashpoint as residents accuse the federal government of pushing small landholders apart in favor of profitable actual property initiatives, and of paying too little in compensation.

Worldwide organizations have voiced concern in regards to the Dong Tam case, calling on the Vietnamese authorities to carry an impartial and clear investigation.

In line with Paris-based media watchdog Reporters With out Borders (RSF), state media in Vietnam is extremely restricted, leaving bloggers and impartial journalists as “the one sources of independently reported data” within the nation, regardless of being subjected to “ever-harsher types of persecution.”

Measures taken towards them now embody assaults by plainclothes police, RSF stated in its 2021 Press Freedoms Index, which positioned Vietnam at 175 out of 180 international locations surveyed worldwide, a rating unchanged from final 12 months.

“To justify jailing them, the Get together resorts to the prison codes, particularly three articles beneath which ‘actions aimed toward overthrowing the federal government,’ ‘anti-state propaganda’ and ‘abusing the rights to freedom and democracy to threaten the pursuits of the state’ are punishable by lengthy jail phrases,” the rights group stated.

Vietnam’s already low tolerance of dissent deteriorated sharply final 12 months with a spate of arrests of impartial journalists, publishers, and Fb personalities as authorities continued to stifle critics within the run-up to the ruling Communist Get together Congress in January. However arrests proceed in 2021.

Reported by RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by Anna Vu. Written in English by Eugene Whong.

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