Statement from the U.S. Embassy on Vietnam’s Conviction of Five Activists

We are deeply concerned that a Vietnamese court has convicted five Vietnamese activists, including Luu Van Vinh and Nguyen Van Duc Do to jail terms ranging from eight to 15 years under the vague charges of “attempting to overthrow the people’s administration.”

The trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences for peaceful activists since early 2016 is deeply troubling. Vietnam has convicted over 30 peaceful activists thus far in 2018, significantly above last year’s number.

The United States calls on Vietnam to release all prisoners of conscience, and to allow all individuals in Vietnam to express their views freely without fear of retribution.

We also urge the Vietnamese government to ensure its actions and laws, including the Penal Code, are consistent with the human rights provisions of Vietnam’s constitution and its international obligations and commitments.