Vietnam Sentences 6 Activists to 7+ Years

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Vietnam: On April 5, 2018, the Supreme People’s Court in Hanoi sentenced six peaceful activists to sentences ranging from 7-15 years in prison, with additional years of probationary detention. They were all charged with “activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s government.” Two of the activists, Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thu Ha, were held in pre-trial detention for over two years before the one-day trial. The U.S. Department of State issued a statement calling on Vietnam “to release all prisoners of conscience immediately, and to allow all individuals in Vietnam to express their views freely and assemble peacefully without fear of retribution.” We join them in telling the government of Vietnam to #SetThemFree.