More than 200 Political Prisoners in Vietnam
New Report by FIDH and VCHR calls for Immediate Release of All Imprisoned Dissidents
Vietnam has the highest number of political prisoners in Southeast Asia. It is estimated that there are at least 212 dissidents behind bars, and many more are under house arrest.
Those imprisoned include lawyers, bloggers, land rights activists, Buddhist monks, journalists, writers, singers, labor activists, pro-democracy campaigners, and members of ethnic and religious minorities, including Hmong and Christian Montagnard. Many of Vietnam’s political prisoners are women.
Many of the dissidents are serving lengthy prison terms in poor detention conditions. As a result, their health is deteriorating and they are in need of urgent medical treatment and ongoing care.