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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

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 […]

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 Petition to WGAD on Nguyen Van Dai

30 Nov 16 Together with Media Legal Defence Initiative, PEN International, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and Viet Tan, L4L filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) urging it to intervene in the case of lawyer Nguyen Van Dai. Van Dai has been detained incommunicado since being arrested on 16 December 2015 while enroute […]

Vietnam Letter to U.S. President Obama

28 Apr 16 L4L, together with 18 organizations, called on the President of the U.S. to use talks about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to urge Viet Nam to release political prisoners, repeal laws that criminalize the exercise of internationally protected rights and cease harassment of human rights defenders, including lawyers, in accordance with its international human rights obligations. The situation for human […]

Vietnam Nguyen Van Dai attacked and arrested

22 Dec 15 L4L and Lawyers Rights’ Watch Canada (LRWC) are concerned about the physical attack on, and the arrest of human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai. We have reason to believe that he was targeted in connection to his legitimate activities as an attorney. Nguyen Van Dai is the co-founder of the Vietnam Human Rights Committee and […]

Vietnam Human rights lawyers Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan attacked

27 Nov 15 On 3 November 2015, human rights lawyers Mr Tran Thu Nam and Mr Le Luan were attacked and beaten by eight masked men. L4L has reason to believe that Tran Thu Nam and Le Luan were targeted in connection to their legitimate activities as attorneys. When the eight masked men on motorcycles attacked the Tran […]

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 […]