Pressure has been mounting on Vietnam to release a journalist who had been jailed since last year. Journalist Pham Doan Trang, known for his coverage of human rights, was arrested in October 2020.
An opinion piece released by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that Trang had not been entitled to her rights since she was arrested last year and during her detention in Ho Chi Minh City.
A copy of the working group’s opinion, sent to the journalist’s lawyer on October 25, said, “The correct resolution is to immediately release (Trang) and grant him enforceable rights as compensation and other reparations, in accordance with international law.”
Trang, who co-founded the independent magazine Luat Khoa and a Vietnamese news website, reported on a wide range of issues including police abuses.
Prior to his arrest on charges of anti-government propaganda, Trang said on social media that police had intimidated him because of his coverage.
Trang’s lawyer, Kurtulus Bastimar, told FLY that the United Nations found that the authorities arrested Trang without a warrant, and that he was not informed of the charges against him or given the opportunity to challenge his detention. Both ha are considered to violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. [lt/rs]