Global Campaign to Free Nguyen Bac Truyen
Religious Freedom Activist - Viet Nam
Twice Imprisoned as a Prisoner of Conscience
Mr. Nguyen Bac Truyen, 54, is a lawyer and Hoa Hao Buddhist who has been imprisoned twice for his peaceful advocacy for religious freedom, democratic reforms, and human rights.
Activism Behind Bars
Nguyen Bac Truyen is currently held at An Điềm Prison in Quang Nam province, 800 kilometers (500 miles) from his wife and family.
Truyen suffers from several medical ailments, including heart valve disease, gastritis, back pain, and swollen joints. Despite numerous requests, he has not had a proper medical examination since his arrest in 2017.
In prison, Truyen has led hunger strikes in May 2019 and November 2020 to protest mistreatment of fellow prisoners, inadequate medical care, confiscation of mail, and other violations of prisoners’ rights under Vietnamese and international law.
Truyen’s human rights work has earned him the 2011 Hellman-Hammett Award by Human Rights Watch and the 2020 Stefanus Alliance International Prize.
The UN Secretary General, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and six UN Special Rapporteurs have raised concerns with Vietnam about the harassment, persecution and imprisonment of Truyen for defending human rights and cooperating with UN human rights bodies.
In 2020, 68 Members of Parliaments in 28 countries called for Truyen’s release as part of a global campaign by the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief and the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights.
Concerns about Truyen have also been raised by the U.S. State Department, US Commission on International Religious Freedom, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, and legislators from the European Union, European Parliament, German Federation, and US Congress.
What you can do:
Send a letter or postcard calling for Nguyen Bac Truyen’s immediate and unconditional release to:
► Mr. To Lam, Minister of Public Security, 44 Yet Kieu St., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
► Prime Minister Nguyen Minh Chinh, 2 Hung Vuong St., Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
► Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary, Communist Party of Vietnam, 1A Hung Vuong St., Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
Send a personal letter to Nguyen Bac Truyen at:
► An Diem Prison, Dai Hung commune, Dai Loc district, Quang Nam province, Vietnam.
► Or call: +84 (0235) 377 4502.