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RAN 45/11 Update #2, 19 January 2012
The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International welcomes the release of French-Vietnamese university teacher and Internet writer Pham Minh Hoang on 13 January 2012. PEN International continues to call for the immediate and unconditional release of all other writers and journalists currently detained in Vietnam in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Vietnam is a signatory.

Pham Minh Hoang (pen name Phan Kien Quoc), was arrested in August 2010 and was convicted a year later for his critical online writings. He was found guilty of “activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s government” and was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of probationary detention. On 29 November 2011, Pham’s imprisonment sentence was reduced on appeal to seventeen months.

In his blog, Pham Minh Hoang has written about a variety of social topics, including freedom of expression, education, the environment and workers rights. He is said to be a member of the banned party Viet Tan.

For the previous WiPC alert on Pham Minh Hoang, see here.

Please send appeals:
Welcoming the release of university teacher and Internet writer Pham Minh Hoang;
Demanding the immediate and unconditional release of all those currently detained in Vietnam in violation of Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, protecting the right to freedom of expression.

Appeals to be sent to:
Mr Truong Tan Sang
President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Mr Pham Binh Minh
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1 Ton That Dam Street
Ba Dinh district, Ha Noi
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Fax: + 844 3823 1872
E-mail: bc.mfa@mofa.gov.vn

For Vietnamese embassies addresses see: http://www.chinhphu.vn/cttdtcp/en/questionandanswer/embassies.html

***Please send appeals immediately. Check with PEN International if sending appeals after 28 February 2012. ***

For further information please contact Cathy McCann at International PEN Writers in Prison Committee, Brownlow House, 50/51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER, Tel.+ 44 (0) 20 7405 0338, Fax: +44 (0) 20 7405 0339, email: cathy.mccann@pen-international.org