Nguyen Thi Kim ThanhCases
- Case status
- Location of case in SG report
- Relevant SG report
- Year of the report
- From Country
- Country Geolocation
- Country Geolocation (linked Cases)
- From Region
- Type of record
- Named individual
- Was the victim a foreign national?
- Was the victim a minor?
- Individual's/organization's activity
Wives of prisoners of conscience
- Type of rights defended
- Accountability & impunity
- Civil/political rights
- Was the victim a civil servant, member of the security forces or of the judiciary?
- Reported trigger of reprisal
Attempting to meet with an OHCHR delegation at the UN Representative’s Office in Hanoi
- Engagement with UN body
- OHCHR: OHCHR - General
- UN Country Team
- Dates of engagement
- 7 March 2018
- Type of attempted engagement
- Meeting with UN officials during country visit / with locally present UN officials
- Participation in meeting on UN premises
- Dates of mentioned reprisals
- 7 March 2018
- Location of mentioned reprisals
- Hanoi, Vietman
- Reprisal information
According to information received by OHCHR, five women who are wives of prisoners of conscience were also expected to join the 7 March 2018 meeting with an OHCHR delegation at the UN Representative’s Office in Hanoi. However, on the day of the meeting, State security agents closely guarded Ms. Vu Minh Khanh, the wife of Mr. Nguyen Van Dai, and reportedly forbade her from leaving her house. Ms. Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang, wife of Mr. Pham van Troi, and Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh, wife of Mr. Truong Minh Duc, were reportedly stopped by security agents when trying to get to the meeting venue and escorted back to the place where they were staying. Ms. Nguyen Thi Lanh, Mr. Nguyen Trung Ton’s wife, and Ms. Bui Thi Kim Phuong, the wife of Mr. Nguyen Bac Truyen (see Annex II), arrived at the UN office, but detected a large presence of plainclothes state agents surrounding the building. Ms. Bui Thi Kim Phuong was questioned by the police at the gate. Both were eventually able to enter UN premises and escorted on their way out for safety reasons. The incidents were addressed with the authorities at the time but not publicly reported for fear of further retribution.
- Types of reprisals suffered
- Access denied to UN expert/representative
- Access to UN premises denied
- Alleged/likely perpetrators
- State actors
- Was the reprisal based on new legislation?
- Does the report make general comment about country’s environment for engagement with UN?
- Government response dates
- 12 August 2021
- Government response content
On 12 August 2021, the Government responded to the note verbale sent in connection to the present report, stating that the allegations that several individuals were prevented from meeting with the UN representatives were unfounded and untrue, and Vietnamese law enforcement did not prevent or harass those who intended to participate in the meeting. The competent authorities did not receive any reports or complaints related to the mentioned incident.
- Was the case raised by a State at the UN?
- How many times has the case been followed up in subsequent SG reports?