Francis Jang Xuan Dieu
Francis Jang Xuan Dieu is a Catholic intellectual and activist. Dieu is well known in Vietnam for his efforts to advocate for increased child education access and awareness of political prisoners in Vietnamese jails. In August of 2011, Dieu was arrested along with a group of other Vietnamese Catholics and charged with trying to “overthrow the people’s administration.” He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, plus five years under supervision. Dieu’s family has been denied access to Dieu.
Advocate: Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA)
Francis Jang Xuan Dieu was RELEASED after serving nearly six years of his 13-year sentence.