VIETNAM / Detained in 2007
He was the founder of the Quan and Brothers law firm, which provided legal aid to factory workers and poor people in Vietnam. He was first arrested in March 2007 upon his return to Vietnam after completing a five month fellowship in Washington, DC. He was released in June 2007 only to be arrested again in December, nine days after the BBC published his article criticizing the retention of Article 4 of Vietnam’s Constitution, which makes the Communist Party preeminent in national political life. In October 2013, the Hanoi People’s Court sentenced him to 30 months imprisonment.