Le Cong Dinh is the managing partner of the prominent law firm DC Law, and a former vice-president of the Ho Chi Minh Bar Association. Le Cong Dinh represented journalists, human rights activists, writers, bloggers and lawyers, including the lawyers Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan. He has also been published on a regular basis through various international media such as the BBC, Radio Free Asia (RFA) and prohibited overseas Vietnamese websites deemed subversive by the Vietnamese authorities.
On 13 June 2009 members of the Vietnamese security service invaded the office of Le Cong Dinh and arrested him. On 1 July 2009 the Ho Chi Minh Bar Association announced that Le Cong Dinh had been struck from the register and that the Ministry of Justice had revoked his law license.
The reason for the prosecution and the disciplinary procedure is that in November 2007, during the trial of his clients Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan, Le Cong Ding called Article 88 of the Criminal Code ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘contrary to international treaties and human rights’. Article 88 prohibits the spreading of propaganda against the regime and engaging in subversive activities, which carry a maximum prison term of 20 years.
On 20 January 2010 he received a five-year prison sentence.
In March 2019, the UN Human Rights Committee reviewed Viet Nam’s compliance with its international human rights obligations. Last week, the Committee issued the concluding observations of this review. In the concluding observations the Committee expressed its concern “about allegationsLees verder
On 11 and 12 March 2019, lawyer Otto Volgenant attended the review by the United Nations Human Rights Committee of Viet Nam on behalf of Lawyers for Lawyers and he was on the agenda to deliver an oral statement toLees verder
In March 2019, the UN Human Rights Committee will review Viet Nam’s compliance with its international human rights obligations, and more in particular the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by Viet Nam. Lawyers for Lawyers submitted a joint submission withLees verder