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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc

Close up of Tran Huynh Duy Thuc at a podium with a microphone

Detained Since: May 24, 2009.

Charges: Promoting anti-Socialist, anti-government propaganda and undertaking activities aimed at subverting the people’s government.

Sentence: Sixteen years in prison followed by five years' house arrest.

Biography: Tran Huynh Duy Thuc is a Vietnamese blogger, entrepreneur and businessman, who was arrested in May 2009 and is currently serving a 16 year prison sentence.  He was initially charged with theft of a telecommunications device, but the authorities were unable to find any evidence for this, and later charged Tran with “promoting anti-Socialist, anti-government propaganda” and undertaking “activities aimed at subverting the people’s government”.  He was jailed, along with three other democracy activists, after a trial lasting just one day; his sentence is the longest ever handed down to a dissident in Vietnam.  Tran is the founder and CEO of One-Connection Internet, an Internet service provider, and the author of several dissident blogs and articles on Vietnam’s economy. 

Advocate: Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).