VIET NAM: Prominent blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan writes from prison ahead of his forthcoming appeal.

PEN International calls upon its members to send renewed letters of appeal calling for the immediate and unconditional release of blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan, whose appeal is due to be heard on 18 February 2014. Ahead of the hearing Le Quoc Quan has written to supporters across the globe, thanking them for their ongoing support.

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Please share Le Quoc Quan’s letter and poem with your friends and colleagues. If you are active on social media please consider using the hashtag #LeQuocQuan.

Please send renewed appeals:

  • Protesting the 30-month sentence and heavy fine handed down to blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan for alleged tax evasion on 2 October 2013;
  • Stating that you believe the charges to be politically motivated and intended to prevent him continuing his legitimate human rights activities and from exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • Calling for his immediate and unconditional release;
  • Seeking assurances that, while he remains imprisoned, Le Quoc Quan receives adequate medical treatment.

Appeals to:

His Excellency Truong Tan Sang
President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
Hung Vuong street
Ba Dinh district
Ha Noi
Viet Nam

Prime Minister
1 Hoang Hoa Tham street
Ba Dinh district
Ha Noi
Viet Nam

Minister of Foreign Affairs
1 Ton That Dam steet
Ba Dinh district
Ha Noi
Viet Nam
Fax: +844 3823 1872

Please note that there are no fax numbers available for the Vietnamese authorities, so you may wish to ask the diplomatic representative for Viet Nam in your country to forward your appeals. It would also be advantageous to ask your country’s diplomatic representatives in Viet Nam to intervene in the case.

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For PEN International’s previous alert and more background click here

For a joint appeal calling for the immediate release of Le Quoc Quan click here