Der internationale PEN ist zutiefst besorgt um die Gesundheit des Bloggers Dinh Dang Dinh, der an Magenkrebs im Endstadium leidet und am 15. Februar 2014 ins Krankenhaus gebracht wurde. Außerdem sorgt sich der internationale PEN ernsthaft um die Gesundheit des Dichters, Essayisten, Wissenschaftlers und katholischen Priesters Nguyen Van Ly, und des Schriftstellers und Aktivisten Nguyen Huu Cau. Beide sitzen in Vietnam lange Haftstrafen ab, die für die friedliche Ausübung ihres Rechts auf freie Meinungsäußerung gegen sie verhängt wurden, und beide sind ernsthaft erkrankt. Der internationale PEN ruft zu ihrer sofortigen und bedingungslosen Freilassung aus humanitären Gründen auf und beruft sich außerdem auf Artikel 19 des UN-Zivilpakts, zu dessen Unterzeichnern Vietnam zählt.
Bitte senden Sie Protestbriefe :
- Drücken Sie ihre Besorgnis um die Gesundheit der Schriftsteller und Aktivisten Dinh Dang Dinh, Nguyen Van Ly und Nguyen Huu Cau aus und drängen Sie darauf, dass ihnen voller Zugang zu ärztlicher Versorgung gewährt wird.
- Rufen Sie zu ihrer sofortigen und bedingungslosen Freilassung auf. Berufen Sie sich dabei auf humanitäre Gründe und auf Artikel 19 des UN-Zivilpakts, zu dessen Unterzeichnern Vietnam zählt.
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On 9 August 2012, Dinh Dang Dinh, 51, (pen name: Van Nguyen) was sentenced by the Dak Nong province’s People Court to six years in prison under Article 88-1 (c) of the Criminal Code for “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.” Defending himself at the half-day closed trial, he pleaded not guilty. His sentence was upheld on appeal at a 45-minute hearing on 21 November 2012. The charges were brought against him after he published articles tackling corruption and environmental issues, deemed as anti-government on his blog. Dinh is reported to have undergone an operation for liver and stomach cancer in November 2013. His health is said to have declined rapidly while in detention owing in part to poor detention conditions.
Until recently, Dinh Dang Dinh was detained in the Public Security Police Cong An detention camp, Dak Nong province. On 15 February 2014, he was granted a one-year “temporary suspension” of his prison sentence, owing to the rapid decline of his health. He is currently being held at Ho Chi Minh’s Oncology Hospital for medical treatment, where his wife reports that he is kept under close guard and 24-hour surveillance. While his family has been permitted to visit him in hospital, his friends have not. His wife, Dang Thi Dinh, has called on the international community to urge the Vietnamese government to release him back to his family before he dies. She believes that his life can now be counted in “days and hours.” According to PEN’s information, Dinh Dang Dinh has not eaten for over a month.
Father Nguyen Van Ly, 67, a Catholic priest and co-editor of the underground online magazine Tu do Ngôn luan (Free Speech), was arrested on 19 February 2007 and sentenced to eight years in prison on 30 March 2007 for ‘Conducting propaganda against the State’. Nguyen Van Ly is a leading member of the pro-democracy movement „Bloc 8406“. He was previously detained from 1977-1978, and again from 1983-1992 for his activism in support of freedom of expression and religion. He was sentenced again in October 2001 to 15 years in prison for his online publication of an essay on human rights violations in Vietnam, before being released under amnesty in February 2005. On 30 March 2007, a People’s Court in Hue sentenced him to “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam” under Article 88-1 (c) of the Criminal Code. On 14 November 2009, he reportedly suffered a stroke in prison. Nguyen Van Ly was granted provisional release so that he could seek medical treatment unavailable in prison on 15 March 2010, but was returned to a labour camp in Ha Nam province on 25 July 2011. In September 2010 the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called for his immediate and unconditional release.
According to PEN’s information, Nguyen Huu Cau, 68, is a poet, songwriter, human rights defender and anti-corruption activist. He was arrested at his residence by public security police of Kien Giang province on 9 October 1982 for authoring an “incriminating’’ manuscript of songs and poems that implicated members of the ruling Communist Party in corruption. In his original book, Nguyen Huu Cau noted on the back of the pages allegations of rape and bribery committed by two high level officers. The original manuscript was not used as evidence in the trial, in order to protect the two officers concerned. On 23 May 1983, he was sentenced to death for “sabotage”, which after an appeal, was commuted to life imprisonment.
Nguyen Huu Cau suffers from a heart condition, which is worsening because of the lack of adequate medical attention and the deplorable prison conditions. Nguyen has been placed in harsh solitary confinement on various occasions. He has lost most of his vision and is almost completely deaf. He is currently being held at forced labour camp K2 Z30A Xuan Loc, Dong Nai province, Vietnam. Nguyen Huu Cau was the subject of a 2013 RAN action, see RAN 14/13.