» 07/20/2012 VIETNAM Three human rights activists jailed as "saboteurs" Sentences range from four to five years and a half. They were handed down because the three had exposed corruption and wrongdoings by Bac Giang provincial authorities at the expense of local farmers.
Hanoi (AsiaNews/Agencies) - A court in
northern Vietnam convicted three human rights activists as "saboteurs". Nguyen Kim Nhan, 63 (pictured), was sentenced to five and a half years
in jail in Bac Giang province (northern Vietnam). Dinh Van
Nhuong, 54, and Do Van Hoa, 46, were given a four year sentence each. Once they
complete sentence, they will be placed under house arrest for a certain period.
three were charged under Article 88 of the Vietnamese criminal code, which
punishes people "conducting propaganda" against the Socialist
Republic of Vietnam. Speaking to foreign media was an aggravating factor.
Human Rights Watch, this article is one of many vaguely worded, loosely
interpreted national security rules used to imprison peaceful political and
In fact, the three activists had led a
peaceful campaign to expose corruption and wrongdoings committed by local
authorities against farmers in Bac Giang province.
Throughout Vietnam, the rising value of land is
contentious disputes as local authorities take land from peasants to devote to industrial
development or tourism.
farmers and their proponents will not solve these problems, especially as long
as unjust land confiscations and corruption continue throughout Vietnam," said
Phil Robertson, HRW deputy director for Asia.