Bui Thi Minh Hang
Bui Thi Minh Hang is a prominent human rights activist and defender of land-lost farmers and religious groups. She was arrested and charged with “causing public disorder” after she and 21 other activists were beaten and detained while trying to visit human rights lawyer Nguyen Bac Truyen. On August 26th, 2014, she was sentenced to three years in prison. The trial lasted only one day and several witnesses for Hang were physically barred from entering the courthouse. Although Vietnamese law requires that the trial be held publicly, no member of the public was allowed into the trial.
Advocate: Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
- Bui Thi Minh Hang was released from prison by Vietnamese authorities on February 11, 2017 after she served a three-year prison sentence (February 13, 2017, Radio Free Asia).
- Police detained former prisoner of conscience Bui Thi Minh Hang along with fellow activists Pham Doan Trang and Nguyen Quang A around noon on Nov. 16 as they left a meeting with the EU officials. Hang and A were freed several hours later (November 17, 2017, Radio Free Asia).