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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Doan Huy Chuong

Doan Huy Chuong is a labor activist who was charged with disrupting national security and sentenced to seven years in prison for organizing workers at a Vietnamese shoe factory in 2010.  Government authorities arrested Doan in early 2010 shortly after he helped organize workers at the My Phong shoe factory in Vietnam, where he distributed a leaflet outlining the striking workers’ demands.  Authorities held him for eight months before charging him with threatening national security.  On October 28, 2010, 10 days after his indictment, the People’s Court of Tra Vinh convicted and sentenced him to seven years in prison.  The organizers were not permitted legal counsel or the opportunity to speak in their own defense.  Although he was allowed a lawyer on appeal, the sentence was affirmed by the same court after another closed proceeding.

Throughout his detentions, Doan has been subjected to serious mistreatment.  After arresting him, the government held him in solitary confinement for months.  He has been the victims of repeated beatings, which often occur after one of their frequent prison transfers.  As a result, Doan has lost the use of one hand.  Despite continued poor health—including rashes and liver problems— he is forced to endure hard labor.

Doan Huy Chuong has been RELEASED.

Advocate: Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)