URGENT ACTION - Amnesty International 4 October 2012
BLOGGERS SENTENCED TO PRISON IN VIET NAM
On 24 September, a court in Viet Nam’s Ho Chi Minh City sentenced bloggers Nguyen Van Hai, known as Dieu Cay (“the peasant’s pipe”), Ta Phong Tan, and Phan Thanh Hai to 12, 10 and four years’ imprisonment respectively for “conducting propaganda” against the state. The trial lasted only a few hours and their friends and family were detained and assaulted to prevent them from attending.
Please write immediately in Vietnamese, English or your own language:
- Calling on the authorities to release the three bloggers (naming each one) immediately and unconditionally;
- Urging authorities to ensure that until they are released, they receive any medical attention they may require
and are treated in accordance with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, including
regular access to their families and lawyers;
- Demanding that authorities respect and protect freedom of expression, association and assembly, and stop the
harassment of human rights defenders and their families and friends.