* “Do Thi Minh Hanh, imprisoned for 7 years in 2010 for handing out leaflets demanding better pay, must be released immediately” :

Silenced Voices: Prisoners of Conscience in Viet Nam examines how laws and decrees are used to criminalize freedom of expression, both online and in the streets. It also lists 75 prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam, some of whom have been locked up in harsh conditions for years.

“Viet Nam is fast turning into one of South East Asia’s largest prisons for human rights defenders and other activists. The government’s alarming clampdown on free speech has to end,” said Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International’s Viet Nam Researcher.

“This year, Viet Nam is both debating a revised constitution and vying for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. The government is telling the world about its respect for the rule of law, but the repression of dissent violates Viet Nam’s international commitments to respect freedom of expression.”
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Once imprisoned, prisoners of conscience face harsh conditions and are sometimes held in solitary confinement or isolated from other prisoners, while some are subjected to torture or other cruel and inhuman treatment.

Among them is Do Thi Minh Hanh, a 28-year-old labour rights activist who was imprisoned for seven years in 2010 for handing out leaflets in support of workers demanding better pay and conditions. She has suffered badly in prison, including through several beatings by fellow prisoners that guards have done nothing to stop.

“Do Thi Minh Hanh, and all the others like her are prisoners of conscience who have done no more than peacefully express their opinion. They must be released immediately and unconditionally,” said Abbott.
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