We demand an immediate release of Tran Huynh Duy Thuc
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Mr Tran was a successful multi national businessman until he was arrested in 2009, initially for "theft of telephone wires", and later for "conducting propaganda" against the state. He made a televised confession but later recanted, saying he was coerced.
In 2010 he was tried in day-long trial alongside fellow dissidents Lê Công Định, Nguyễn Tiến Trung and Le Thang Long. Amnesty International called the trial "a mockery of justice" and said the "trial allowed no meaningful defense for the accused".The trial judges deliberated for 15 minutes before returning with the judgment, which took 45 minutes to read. Amnesty International said the judgement had clearly been prepared in advance of the hearing. He could have received the death penalty.
He was sentenced for 16 years imprisonment, followed by five years house arrest, for "activities aimed at subverting the people's administration". His sentence was the longest ever passed on a Vietnamese dissident. His imprisonment was condemned by British Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis and American ambassador Michael W. Michalak. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights concluded his detention was arbitrary and requested the Vietnamese government to release him and provide compensation. Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience and called for his release.
On 05 may 2016 he was transferred to Nghe An's 6th prison from Xuyen Moc. During the transfer he was treated inhumanely. Upon arrival he was coerced to exile to the US which he rejected and declared an indefinite hunger strike starting on 24 May..In his own words, the hunger strike will go on indefinitely even it means loosing his life unless the rules of law are respected and the current government hold a referendum and let the people choose the country's political system.
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