Letter to U.S. President Obama
28 April 2016

Letter to U.S. President Obama


Lawyers for Lawyers, together with 18 organizations, called on the President of the U.S. to use talks about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to urge Viet Nam to release political prisoners, repeal laws that criminalize the exercise of internationally protected rights and cease harassment of human rights defenders, including lawyers, in accordance with its international human rights obligations.

The situation for human rights defenders in Viet Nam has become increasingly perilous in recent months. There is a persisting pattern of physical assaults against human rights defenders, bloggers and lawyers.

On 6 December 2015, lawyer Nguyen Van Dai was attacked and severely beaten by an estimated 20 masked men. Moreover, on 15 December 2015, approximately two dozen police arrested Nguyen van Dai.

After his arrest, Lawyers for Lawyers campaigned on Nguyen Van Dai’s behalf. Amongst other things, we called on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately release Nguyen Van Dai and conduct an independent investigation into the attack on him.

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