Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam

Message by Ambassador Bruno Angelet, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, on the arrests of Ms. Tran Thi Nga, Mr. Phan Van Phong and Mr. Nguyen Van Oai

Bruxelles, 07/02/2017 - 08:12, UNIQUE ID: 170207_11
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Ms. Tran Thi Nga and Mr. Phan Van Phong, human rights defenders, were arrested on 21 January 2017, according to official sources, on charges of "conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam" (Art. 88 of the Penal Code). Two days earlier, fellow human rights defender Mr. Nguyen Van Oai was arrested in Nghe An province on charges of "resisting officials on duty" and violating his probation.

The safety of human rights defenders and the protection of their right to express their opinions peacefully, freely, and without threats or impediments must be ensured. These are among Vietnam's international and domestic human rights obligations, notably the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Vietnam is a party since 1982, and the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

The Head of the EU Delegation calls on the Vietnamese authorities to ensure that the rights of Ms. Tran Thi Nga, Mr. Phan Van Phong and Mr. Nguyen Van Oai are fully respected. Support for human rights defenders is a long-established element of the European Union's policy on human rights.

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