torsdag 8. oktober 2020

Pham Doan Trang: Vietnam arrests leading pro-democracy blogger

Vietnam has arrested a prominent dissident writer and blogger just hours after holding talks with the United States on human rights. Pham Doan Trang was detained in Ho Chi Minh city late on Tuesday and accused of carrying out anti-state activities. Ms Trang has been detained before and is an advocate for democracy, press freedom and the rule of law in Vietnam.

Vietnam's one-party communist state frequently jails its critics. There was no immediate comment from the US. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have demanded her immediate release. Ms Trang has been charged with "making, storing, disseminating or propagandising information, materials and products that aim to oppose the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam", state media report. Such charges carrying jail terms of up to 20 years.