VNHRC: On Monday morning this week, March 4, 2013, Atty. Le Quoc Quan’s wife went to Hanoi Detention No 1 (aka Hanoi Hilton) to pass on some supplements for Quan as per his right under the law. Public Security officers there, however, refused to accept the food parcel alleging that Quan has violated certain prison rules. Quan’s wife asked for evidence or a written note regarding what rule Quan has violated but again, they refused to do so. Under Vietnam’s Criminal Enforcement Law, it is stipulated that detainees are provided with rice and vegetables twice a day only and every 3 days, they can get approximately 100g of meat. Given such a small food allowance, it is clearly not enough to meet the nutritional needs of anyone and as such many detainees have easily become sick or in some cases, died due to malnutrition. It is therefore not only inhumane to not let Quan receive his food supply from his family but it is also illegal under existing regulations. Accordingly, we call on all the diplomatic offices in Hanoi to raise this matter with the Vietnamese authorities to ensure that their own laws are followed and for the police to stop at once this cruel act.