Vietnamese human rights defender Nguyen Bac Truyen and other prisoners of conscience held in An Diem prison in Vietnam are on hunger strike to protest unjust treatment by prison officials.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (www.csw.org) reports Nguyen Bac Truyen’s hunger strike began on November 26 and will continue until the prison conditions and treatment are improved.
CSW says Truyen and others are protesting about lack of access to medical care and confiscation of letters from prisoners to their families without explanation, among other things. Several prisoners have also requested transfers to prisons closer to their families, as prisoners of conscience are often imprisoned far from their homes which makes it difficult for their families to visit. Their requests have been ignored.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Truyen and the other prisoners understand the health risks of a prolonged hunger strike but say this is a last resort, because they have no other way to demand improved conditions.
CSW stated Nguyen Bac Truyen is a Hoa Hao Buddhist and legal expert who has provided pro bono legal assistance to families of political prisoners, victims of land grabs, and persecuted religious communities. He was abducted by the Vietnamese police on July 30, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City and held in incommunicado arbitrary detention in Hanoi until his trial.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service