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Le Quoc Quan

Vietnam Vietnamese lawyer has been harassed constantly since 2007

Le Quoc Quan is a well-known Vietnamese lawyer and human rights defender. He has been harassed constantly since 2007 by the Vietnamese authorities because of his human rights activities.

In 2007 Le Quoc Quan returned to Vietnam, after a five-month study in the US on a Reagan-Fascell Democracy scholarship, funded by NED. After his study he published a report titled ‘Democracy in Vietnam: the role of society’.

Only four days after his return, Le Quoc Quan was arrested on suspicion of engaging in ‘activities to overthrow the regime’. He was finally released after 100 days in prison, but no longer permitted to leave Vietnam. Since 2007 Quoc Quan has been arrested three more times, he has been disbarred and is now under constant surveillance. But even though he can no longer formally exercise his work as a lawyer, on an informal basis he still fights the corner of many victims of human rights violations in Vietnam.

Le Quoc Quan has personally asked L4L to draw attention to his situation, also internationally. Volunteers from the focus group South-East Asia maintain close contact with Le Quoc Quan and keep monitoring the situation closely.

On 16 September 2014, L4L delivered an oral statement at the UN Human rights Council, to once again demand attention for the situation of Le Quoc Quan.

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Vietnam Threats against Lê Quốc Quân

01 Jul 17 In June 2017, human rights lawyer Lê Quốc Quân received threats by police officers that he and his family could be killed if he continues with his human rights work. This was reported by Frontline Defenders on their website. On 8 June 2017, a group of ten plainclothes agents went to the private residence of […]

Vietnam Interview with Le Quoc Quan

29 Jun 15 Interview with human rights activist and lawyer Le Quoc Quan Human rights activist Le Quoc Quan upon his release: ‘I will go ahead, because I believe it is good for the people of Viet Nam.’ The Government of Viet Nam has long persecuted Mr. Le Quoc Quan for his human rights work. In 2007, after […]

Vietnam Authorities should refrain from further persecution after Le Quoc Quan’s release

25 Jun 15 On 27 June 2015, lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan will have served his full prison sentence and will be released. In a letter, sent together with a broad coalition of organizations, L4L called on the Vietnamese authorities to refrain from any further persecution, harassment and/or unlawfull arrest of Mr. Le Quoc Quan, to reinstate […]

Vietnam Letter to authorities and petition to WGAD for Le Quoc Quan

27 Aug 14 2 September is ‘National Day’ in Vietnam. On this day, the Vietnamese president often grants amnesty to prisoners of conscience. In view of this, L4L, together with a broad coalition of organizations, sent a letter to the Vietnamese authorities to urge them to comply with the decision of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) and to release Mr. […]

Vietnam Appeal Court upholds sentence Le Quoc Quan

19 Feb 14 On 18 February 2014, an appeals courts in Vietnam upheld the verdict against lawyer Le Quoc Quan. He was arrested on 27 December 2013 and sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment on charges of ‘tax evasion’.  Members of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, as well as representatives of the US and Canadian embassies, were allowed to attend […]

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Vietnam Meetings with Members of European Parliament

29 Nov 17 On 22 and 23 November 2017, representatives of Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) and Viet Tan met with seven Members of the European Parliament. They visited the European Parliament on behalf of a broad coalition of NGO’s that is currently campaigning against the crackdown Vietnam carries out against peaceful expression. They were […]

Vietnam Joint letter to APEC leaders

08 Nov 17 On 11 and 12 November, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ meeting will take place in Da Nang, Vietnam. Prior to the meeting, a coalition of organizations, Lawyers for Lawyers amongst them, asked the attention of the APEC Leaders to the worsening human rights situation in the Vietnam. Vietnam is in the midst of an unprecedented crackdown […]

Vietnam Joint statement: stop the crackdown

16 Oct 17 A coalition of Vietnamese and international human rights organizations, Lawyers for Lawyers amongst them, called on the Vietnamese authorities to stop the crackdown against peaceful expression in the country. Vietnam is in the midst of an unprecedented political crackdown against peaceful expression. One of Vietnam’s most renowned human rights lawyers and bloggers, Nguyen Van Dai, has been […]

Vietnam WGAD calls for immediate release of Nguyen Van Dai

03 Jul 17 The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has recently published an Opinion calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the prominent Vietnamese human rights lawyer and blogger Nguyen Van Dai. The WGAD Opinion is the result of a petition that was filed jointly by the Media Legal Defence Initiative, Lawyers for Lawyers, Lawyers Rights […]

Vietnam Threats against Lê Quốc Quân

01 Jul 17 In June 2017, human rights lawyer Lê Quốc Quân received threats by police officers that he and his family could be killed if he continues with his human rights work. This was reported by Frontline Defenders on their website. On 8 June 2017, a group of ten plainclothes agents went to the private residence of […]