A Vietnamese blogger jailed with an 11-year prison term for writing articles critical of the Vietnamese government has been moved to a new prison following reports of harsh conditions in the prison where he was previously detained. There, his wife said Thursday.
Nguyen Tuong Thuy, an independent journalist and former RFA Vietnam Services blogger, was moved April 15 from Bo La prison, Binh Duong province to An Phuoc prison in the same province.
Thuy, 71, who is older than many of the other inmates detained at Bo La, often lined up last when the prison canteen was open to buy food, and was hindered in performing everyday tasks by hand wound when the police rounded up. The phone was away from him at the time he was arrested.
Speaking to RFA’s Vietnam Service, Ms. Thuy’s wife Nguyen Thi Lan said she learned her husband had been transferred when she called a receptionist at Bo La, to whom she was given a phone number in one comes first.
“I call the front desk every day, today she told me my husband has been transferred to An Phuoc detention center at 10 a.m.” Lan said and added, “However, he still hasn’t called home.” .
Ms. Lan said she was very reassured to hear that Thuy was transferred to the hospital.
“I am very happy, because many inmates coming back from An Phuoc say that the food and accommodation there is very good.”
Ms. Lan said she would prepare food for her husband, then take a flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and take a bus into Binh Duong to visit Thuy on Friday.
Thuy, who has blogged on civil rights and freedom of expression issues for RFA’s Vietnam Agency for six years, was sentenced on January 5 along with two other bloggers – such as Thuy, a member of the Home Association. newspaper Independence Vietnam – was sentenced to long term imprisonment at the same time.
Arrested in May 2020, Thuy was prosecuted along with Pham Chi Dung and Le Huu Minh Tuan on November 10 for “making, storing and disseminating anti-state documents and materials” according to Article 117 of the Ministry. Vietnamese Criminal Law.
Being sentenced to Thuy, Pham Chi Dung was sentenced to 15 years in prison, while Le Huu Minh Tuan was 11 years in prison. Dung was transferred from Bo La to An Phuoc on March 29.
Thuy’s lawyer later refused to appeal his sentence, tearing up an application that was given to him after the guards told him to write something on it, Thuy’s lawyer told RFA in a previous report. there.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranks Vietnam 175/180 on the World Press Freedom Index 2020. About 25 journalists and bloggers are being held in Vietnamese prisons, persecuted, ”said the Paris-based monitoring group.
Vietnam’s already low tolerance to dissent worsened last year with a series of arrests of independent journalists, publishers, and Facebook characters as authorities continued. persistent blocking of critics ahead of the ruling Communist Party Congress in January. But arrests continue into 2021.
RFA Vietnam Services Report. Translation by Châu Vũ. Written in English by Richard Finney.