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Vietnam: Woman blogger gets nine-year prison term over Facebook post

Tran Thi Nga was arrested on January 21 for ?conducting propaganda against the state? under Vietnam's article 88. Photograph: (Facebook)

WION Web Team Vietnam Jul 27, 2017, 07.21 AM (IST)

The Vietnam government imprisoned a 37-year-old woman activist, Tran Thi Nga, holding her guilty of criticising the country's leadership over a Facebook post. 

Thi Nga, a mother of four kids, was charged under Vietnam’s Article 88, for "spreading propaganda against the state". The government also charged her for producing videos supporting her campaign against environmental pollution, police brutality and illegal land confiscation. 

The Vietnamese Communist Party has ruled the country for almost 43 years now and has very little patience when it comes to freedom of expression. 

Tran Thi Nga began her human rights activism after being mistreated at her previous job in Taiwan. She began working as a housemaid at the age of 20 and it was only after changing several jobs did she realise the hardships and ill treatment involved in her chosen occupation.

Back in her country, Thi Nga began her crusade against oppression faced by people who worked as housemaids. However, her efforts have landed her in prison as she was ordered to serve a nine-year sentence, followed by five years of probation. 

Earlier in June, another woman blogger named Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a human rights activist was sentenced to a 10-year prison term on the similar charges. 

The two arrests have infuriated human rights organizations in Vietnam which now believes that people can no longer criticise the government in the country. 

According to a report, Amnesty International, a human rights organization in the UK attacked the Vietnam government and said: “The government is destroying the lives of brave individuals and their families simply to intimidate others from raising their voice.”

The 'Human Rights Watch' has also demanded her release. 

 

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