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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 Interview with Le Quoc Quan

30 Jun 15 29 June 2015 – INTERVIEW WITH HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST 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 […]

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 […]

Vietnam Letter to Appeal Judge for Le Quoc Quan

17 Feb 14 L4L, together with a broad coalition of organizations, has sent a letter to the Supreme Court of Vietnam to express their support for the appeal of Mr. Le Quoc Quan against his recent conviction on charges of alleged tax evasion. In the letter, the organisations highlighted four important legal issues in support of Mr Quan’s […]

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Vietnam Interview with Le Quoc Quan

30 Jun 15 29 June 2015 – INTERVIEW WITH HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST 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 […]

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 Ongoing harassment of lawyer Nguyen Van Dai

07 Apr 15 L4L is very concerned about the ongoing harassment of human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai. Dai was under house arrest in Hanoi since 2011, serving a four-year sentence that was due to end on 5 March 2015. He has been the victim of several acts of intimidation in the months leading up to the end […]

Vietnam Bar rejects request to withdraw license lawyer

30 Jan 15 On 21 January, the Phu Yen Bar Association sent a communication to the police, prosecutors and court of Tuy Hoa city, in which they appeal to the said authorities against their request to withdraw Vo An Don‘s license to practice law. According to the Phu Yen Bar Association, the request to withdraw Don’s license was […]

Vietnam Authorities request to revoke license Vo An Don

20 Jan 15 On 16 January 2014, L4L sent letters to the Bar Association in connection to the request of several government offices to revoke Vo An Don’s lawyers license. Vo An Don is an associate at the Centre for Government Legal Aid in Phu Yen province. He provides free legal service to poor people, members of the […]