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Mr. Thức was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment followed by five years’ house arrest on 20 January 2010 for blogging about political and economic issues in Viet Nam. He was charged with “activities attempting to overthrow the government” under Article 79 of Viet Nam’s Criminal Code 1999. He declared during his trial that he was tortured while in detention to force him to plead guilty.
The Penal Code 2015, together with resolutions No. 109/2015/QH13, 144/2016/QH13, and 41/2017/QH14 of the National Assembly, and resolutions of the Council of Judges of the Supreme People's Court of Vietnam, created a legal ground for Mr. Thuc to be released immediately.
By last May, Mr. Thuc had spent 13 years in prison, although under Vietnamese law, Mr. Thuc could have been released. Mr. Thuc has gone on hunger strikes many times to demand the government respect law enforcement. This caused Mr. Thuc's health to be severely deteriorated and threatens his life.
Amnesty International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức as he is a prisoner of conscience held solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression and opinion.
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