U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release April 4, 2011
STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING DEPUTY SPOKESMAN
Vietnam: Conviction of Activist Cu Huy Ha Vu
The United States is deeply concerned by the April 4 conviction and sentencing to seven years imprisonment of activist Cu Huy Ha Vu on charges of “propagandizing against the government.” We are also troubled by the apparent lack of due process in the conduct of the trial, and the continued detention of several individuals who were peacefully seeking to observe the proceedings.
Vu’s conviction runs counter to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and raises serious questions about Vietnam’s commitment to rule of law and reform. No individual should be imprisoned for exercising the right to free speech.
We urge the Government of Vietnam to immediately release Cu Huy Ha Vu and all other prisoners of conscience.