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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.

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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 […]

Vietnam Le Quoc Quan on hungerstrike

14 Feb 14 Jailed Vietnamese blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan has launched a hunger strike to protest the refusal by prison authorities to provide him access to legal counsel, access to legal and religious books, and access to a priest, ahead of his appeal trial on 18 February 2014 in Hanoi. Le Quoc Quan has […]

Vietnam L4L participates in UPR ‘side-event’

12 Feb 14 Every four years the United Nations Human Rights Council reviews the human rights situation of each member state. In advance of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Vietnam, L4L, together with a coalition of Vietnamese and international human rights organisations and activists, hosted a side event. This event focussed on the most […]

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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 Nguyen Van Dai attacked by plainclothes police

16 May 14 On 8 May 2014 human rights lawyer and blogger Nguyen Van Dai was attacked and wounded by a group of six men, when he was in a bar with some colleagues and students. Nguyen Van Dai is, since his return to Vietnam after years in Eastern-Germany, a well-known human rights activist. He has been under […]

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 […]

Vietnam Le Quoc Quan on hungerstrike

14 Feb 14 Jailed Vietnamese blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan has launched a hunger strike to protest the refusal by prison authorities to provide him access to legal counsel, access to legal and religious books, and access to a priest, ahead of his appeal trial on 18 February 2014 in Hanoi. Le Quoc Quan has […]