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Free Phuong Uyen & Dinh Nguyen Kha Now!

Nguyễn Phương Uyên viết 2 câu thơ này và bị bắt vì tội tuyên truyền chống phá nhà nước (ĐL 88 & 79 BLHX)

             Vì tổ quốc chống ngoại xâm

             Vì tiền đồ dân tộc chống tham nhũng

HANOI, Oct 25, 2012 (AFP) - A 20-year-old Vietnamese student, missing for two weeks since a police raid on her home, is being held for allegedly spreading propaganda against the one-party communist state, reports said Thursday.
University student Nguyen Phuong Uyen, who was detained on Oct.14, is accused of distributing anti-state leaflets and is being questioned as part of a case involving “security matters”, according to a brief report in the state-run Ho Chi Minh City Law newspaper.
Uyen, a student at Ho Chi Minh City's Food Technology University, is being held at a jail in Long An province in southern Vietnam, the report said, quoting sources involved in the investigation.
Charges of disseminating anti-state propaganda, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail, are routinely laid against dissidents in a country where the ruling Communist Party forbids all political debate.
Uyen was arrested “after 10 policemen stormed into her room”
and was held at an undisclosed location, according to an open letter by Uyen's classmates to Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang on Saturday.
The letter, widely reproduced on Vietnamese-language websites, said Uyen was “always the first in line to help school charity events and activities,” the students wrote, calling for her immediate release.
Rights groups accuse Vietnam of stepping up its fight to stamp down on dissident in recent years, amid scrutiny from increasingly bold online critics.
A copy of Uyen's arrest warrant was posted on Vietnamese-language blogs and social forums, while online reports said she had participated in anti-China activities and joined campaigns against rampant corruption in the communist state.
Vietnam routinely arrests and imprisons anti-China demonstrators and anti-corruption activists, with dozens of bloggers, lawyers and activists currently serving lengthy jail terms for involvement in peaceful protest.
Charges of propaganda fall under article 88 of the criminal code, which rights groups say is one of many “vaguely defined articles” regularly used to prosecute dissidents.
Last month, a court in southern Vietnam jailed three bloggers for up to 12 years for “anti-state propaganda” at a brief but dramatic hearing, prompting objection from the United States, EU and international rights groups.


Vietnam sentences 2 students to 6 and 8 years in prison for distributing anti-China leaflets

Published May 16, 2013

Associated Press

HANOI, Vietnam –  A Vietnamese court has sentenced two student activists to between six and eight years in prison for distributing leaflets calling on people to demonstrate against China.

The sentences Thursday were the latest in an intensified crackdown against dissent in the one-party, authoritarian state.

Lawyer Nguyen Thanh Luong says Nguyen Phuong Uyen was sentenced to six years, while Dinh Nguyen Kha received eight years after a one-day trial.

They were arrested in October in Ho Chi Minh city for handing out leaflets urging protests against China's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Popular anger against China puts Hanoi in a difficult position because it can't afford to alienate Beijing, its large, fellow Communist neighbor.

Luong said the two meant to demonstrate "patriotism and did not mean to oppose the government."

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