In honour of Mr. Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung, a worker rights defender who is serving a 9 year prison sentence in Vietnamese communist “re-education camps”.
Born in 1981, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung was a computer engineer when he joined, in 2006 the “Victims of Injustice Movement” and the “Bloc 8406”calling for democratic reforms in Vietnam. In 2009, he joined the “Committee to protect worker rights” of Doan Huy Chuong. In February 2010, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung and Doan Huy Chuong were arrested by security forces in Tra-Vinh because of their participation to the organization of a strike of 10,000 workers at My-Phong shoe factory.
In pre-trial detention, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung was solitary confined for 8 months in a dark cell with interdiction to receive visits from family members and his lawyer. At that pre-trial period, he was beaten by security agents who tried to make him plead guilty. To pressure him to plead guilty, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung was subjected to starvation, threats and beatings causing injury to his head and stomach. He received no medical care for his injuries.
On October 26, 2010, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung was sentenced to 9 year imprisonment in a close trial without defense lawyer, convicted of disrupting security and order.
After the unfair trial of October 2010, he was transferred to Phuoc Hoa prison, Tien Giang province where he was detained with HIV-infected inmates and those with other contagious conditions.
In 2011, he was transferred to Z 30 Xuan Loc “re-education camp” where he was allowed to receive visits from his father, Mr. Nguyen Kim Hoang who reported that Quoc Hung was subjected to forced labour; he suffered from weakness, constant pain in his head and his stomach, yellow skin and yellow eyes. Quoc Hung was denied medical care and subjected to daily searches of his belongings and his rectum.
In June 2013, after a prisoner revolt in Xuan Loc re-education camps, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung was transferred with other prisoners to Xuyen Moc prison where more repressive measures were applied to him. In spite of the intervention from the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in 2013, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung has not seen improvement of his conditions in prison. As his health problems continue to deteriorate, Quoc Hung may die in jail before the end of his prison term.
References: Viet Labor