Sources close to the family said a Vietnamese blogger was jailed for 11 years for writing articles criticizing the Vietnamese government struggling with poor health and in need of help to care. yourself in the harsh conditions of the new prison.
Nguyen Tuong Thuy, an independent journalist and former RFA Vietnam Services blogger, was transferred from the Ho Chi Minh City Police detention center earlier this year and sent to Bo La prison in Binh Duong province. , the source let RFA know in an earlier report.
Ms. Thuy, 71 years old, is older than many other inmates detained at Bo La, and often lined up last when the prison canteen is open to buy food, the wife of a former inmate told the Vietnamese Service of RFA on Tuesday after speaking with her husband last week on the phone.
Ms. Huynh Thi Kim Nga, wife of Thuy’s former inmate, Ngo Van Dung, said: “He walked slower than the others and could not catch up, and by the time he arrived, he had nothing to buy.” .
Transferred from Bo La on March 29 and taken to An Phuoc Detention Center, also in Binh Duong, Dung told his wife on April 1 that the painful wound in Thuy’s arm left him unable to do anything for himself. .
“When my husband was there, he could help Thuy, but now he wonders if there’s anyone else there to help,” said Nga, adding that Thuy and the other inmates were detained. kept at Bo La for political offenses denied permission to visit family or to talk on the phone with relatives.
Speaking to RFA on Tuesday, Nguyen Thi Lan, Mr. Thuy’s wife, expressed concern over the news about her husband’s health, saying that despite having high blood pressure at home, “he never depend on others to serve you ”and go to buy medicine by yourself. Over-the-counter drugs.
“Regarding his injured hand, I believe it was due to the wrench he received from the security guards on the day they arrested him and forced him to give them the code to open the phone. My cell phone, ”she said.
“In the past at Phan Dang Luu detention center, his hand was injured,” Lan said, adding, “I bought medicine to send him, but I don’t know if he received the right medicine.”
Lan, who lives in Hanoi, tried to visit Thuy at Bo La, near Ho Chi Minh City on March 25, but was refused by guards on the grounds of COVID-19 concern and instructions from the city police. street, Lan told RFA in an earlier report.
Even with concerns about COVID-19, the guards should have allowed her to meet her husband at a long distance or talk to him on the phone, Lan said.
RFA’s ongoing calls seeking comment from Bo La Prison went unanswered.
Citizenship, freedom of expression
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, possessing and disseminating anti-state documents and materials” under 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.
Thuy’s lawyer later refused to appeal his sentence, tearing up a petition 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.
Dangerously high dose
A Vietnamese blogger is jailed in a psychiatric hospital pending trial for criticizing Vietnam’s one-party communist state while being given dangerously high doses to treat his alleged mental illness , the source said with RFA this week.
Le Anh Hung, a member of the Brotherhood for Democracy online campaign group who blogged for the Voice of America, was arrested on July 5, 2018 on charges of “abusing invasive democratic freedoms. violating the interests of the state ”according to Article 331 of the Vietnam Penal Code.
Then, in April 2019, he was transferred from prison to Hanoi 1 Central Psychiatric Hospital for “monitoring and treatment”. If convicted at trial, he could spend up to seven years in prison.
Speaking to RFA on April 5, Ms. Tran Thi Niem, Hung’s mother, said that Hung recently called her by borrowing her phone to say that he was being forced to take medicine at a much higher dose than the bottle. often.
“He spoke to me the other day and told me the dosage of the drug he is being taking has been increased to 12 pills per day,” Niem said. “I said this was a potentially fatal medicine, and asked a friend of Hung, Nguyen Van Binh, to call for urgent intervention online”.
Writing on his Facebook page on April 4, Binh condemned the hospital’s treatment of his friend.
“This morning I received a call from Ms. Niem, Hung’s mother. She told me that the hospital increased his daily dose to 12 pills, and if he was against taking it, he would be tied up and sedated, ”he said.
“This is so barbaric and cruel!” Binh said.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranks Vietnam 175/180 on the World Press Freedom Index 2020. Around 25 journalists and bloggers are being held in Vietnamese prisons, “where often mistreated, ”said the Paris-based monitoring group.
Vietnam’s already low tolerance of dissent worsened significantly last year with a series of arrests of independent journalists, publishers, and Facebook characters as authorities continued. stopped critics in their race to the ruling Communist Party Congress in January.
RFA Vietnam Services Report. Translation of Châu Vũ. Written in English by Richard Finney.