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Prisoners in Vietnam Believed to be Unwell After Prolonged Starvation Strikes — Radio Free Asia

The households of two hunger-striking Vietnamese political prisoners are involved about their well being resulting from months-long starvation strikes over what they see as unfair sentencing and poor jail circumstances, the households instructed RFA.

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, who has already served 11 years of his 16-year jail time period, was arrested in Could 2009 for writing on-line articles criticizing Vietnam’s one-party communist state and was convicted in 2010 on expenses of plotting to overthrow the federal government below Article 79 of Vietnam’s 1999 Penal Code.

Relations turned more and more involved about his well being after he missed a scheduled cellphone name from Detention Middle No. 6 within the northern province of Nghe An on Tuesday, household instructed RFA’s Vietnamese Service.

He started a starvation strike in late March, demanding that expenses in opposition to him be modified to involvement in “preparation to commit against the law,” an offense calling just for a five-year time period of imprisonment below Vietnam’s revised 2015 Penal Code, and Tran’s household and legal professionals have tried a number of occasions to petition authorities for his sentence to be decreased.

“Our household are very nervous about his well being situation,” Thuc’s brother Tran Huynh Duy Tan instructed RFA.

“When he referred to as dwelling final month, he stated that he had been on starvation strike for practically 100 days already. As of right this moment, he can be on the starvation strike for greater than 120 days,” Tan stated.

Tan stated that his brother stated throughout their final cellphone name that he accepted the likelihood that he might die, inflicting nice concern among the many household. 

The household has tried to name the detention heart for updates on Thuc’s situation, however they have been unable to get any new data. The household stated it additionally has despatched letters to Vietnamese authorities leaders to intervene in case of emergency.

“My brother is on a starvation strike as a result of he needs the Supreme Individuals’s Courtroom to waive his remaining jail time period and reply to the assorted petitions he’s been sending out since a very long time in the past,” Tan stated.

In accordance with the revised legal code, the sentence for a similar cost ought to be solely 5 years, as an alternative of 16, Tan stated.

“The remaining penalty ought to be waived. He isn’t asking for amnesty. The factor is, the federal government should do that as a matter after all because it complies with the brand new legislation. My brother shouldn’t have to ask for it,” he stated.

Le Cong Dinh, Le Thang Lengthy, and Nguyen Tien Trung, all of whom stood trial along with Thuc 11 years in the past have since been freed.

In neighboring Quang Nam province, 4 political prisoners at An Diem Jail have been on a starvation strike that has lasted greater than 85 days, the brother of one of many inmates instructed RFA.

Hoang Duc Binh, Nguyen Thai Binh, Le Duc Dong, and Phan Cong Hai have refused to eat since late April in protest in opposition to what they see as unfair verdicts.

Hoang Nguyen, the youthful brother of Hoang Duc Binh, instructed RFA that his brother stated he was ill after revealing the four-man starvation strike throughout a cellphone name Wednesday.

“Since April 26, 2021, or for over 85 days, my brother and a few of his fellow inmates… will not be accepting any meals supplied by the An Diem Detention Middle,” stated Nguyen.

“Yesterday he stated that he was shedding pounds and he had an enormous canker sore and a backache that isn’t getting higher, so he requested the household to ship some drugs,” he stated.

Nguyen stated that the household despatched his brother six kilograms (greater than 13 kilos) of products that included cereals, seeds, and fertilizer so he can develop greens.

Binh additionally receives from the household 1.5 million dong (U.S. $65) to buy meals from the jail’s canteen.

Hoang Binh was an impartial union activist and member of Vietnam’s Labor Motion.

He was arrested in 2017 after becoming a member of a bunch of Nghe An petitioners marching from Nghe An province to close by Ha Tinh province to file a lawsuit in opposition to the Taiwan-owned Formosa Plastics Group metal plant, from which a poisonous spill in 2016 killed an estimated 115 tons of fish and left fishermen and tourism staff jobless in 4 central provinces.

In February 2018, Hoang Binh was sentenced to 14 years in jail on expenses of “assaulting officers on official obligation” and “abusing the rights to freedom and democracy to violate authentic pursuits of the State, group and people.”

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

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