MEMBER OF VIETNAM HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE WAS RELEASED

Mr Troi reunited with his family after 4 years in prison

 About 11am, Mr. Pham Van Troi arrived his home at Thuong Tin district, Hanoi. After 4 years in jail, he did not get any remission. Mr. Troi was a member of Vietnam Human Rights Committee since its establishment in December 2006. Mr. Troi told VNHRC that during 4 years in prison, he was transformed to three prisons: Hanoi detention, Nam Ha prison and Nghe An jail Number 6. He was twice detained in solitary confinement  with 3 months per each. 

The first time, he with writer Nguyen Xuan Nghia, and teacher Nguyen Vu Hung struggled for improving the detention and labor conditions because they and other 40 political prisoners have been kept in a room just below the 220KV power lines. The magnetic field causing by the high voltage power lines was so harmful to the health of the prisoners. Besides, prison cells also located right next to a brickyard, its coal smoke daily blows directly into the prison cells, that made the prisoners often sick, gradually weak. At the same time, these prisoners have to work hard forcedly. Unacceptable with such bad conditions of detention and labor, the three called upon other political prisoners for struggling. These bad conditions was not only improved but the three were put in solitary confinement for 3 months with worse detention conditions.

The second time, while Mr. Troi and writer Nguyen Xuan Nghia were watching TV, they criticized leadership weaknesses of some communist officials. As a result, the two were disciplined in solitary confinement for another 3 months.

Mr. Troi said that with 4 years in prison he and his friends still keep their faith on the road to campaign for human rights of Vietnamese people. He and his friends still keep the spirit and willingness to continue to struggle for human rights in Vietnam.

A day earlier, democracy activist Nguyen Van Tuc was released after 4 years in prison. Mr. Tuc said that he is still keeping strong faith and spirit and he said he got heart disease so his health is very weak.

Thus, among 10 people were arrested in 2008, there are 8 out of prison: Ngo Quynh, Nguyen Vu Hung, Nguyen Manh Son, Tran Duc Thach, Nguyen Van Tinh, Pham Van Troi, Nguyen Van Tuc and Nguyen Kim Nhan. Particularly Nguyen Kim Nhan was released in 2010, but he was arrested again with a sentence of five years and six months in 2012. Ms. Pham Thanh Nghien will be released on September 18, 2012. Writer Nguyen Xuan Nghia still has to serve two years more in Nghe An prison.

Vietnam Human Rights Committee call upon the domestic and abroad Vietnamese people to support and help the human rights and democracy activists after they were released from the prisons, so that they can reinforce their health and spirit and be ready for campaign of human rights.

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