Vietnam: Mr. Le Cong DINH | Letter

Re: Mr. Le Cong DINH

To: President Nguyen Minh TRIET; Prime Minister Nguyen Tan DUNG

From: Jessica Fletcher, LRWC Member

Date: 2009-08-28

I am once again writing to follow up a letter written to you from Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada (“LRWC”) on June 21, 2009 regarding our concern about continuing violations of the internationally protected rights of Mr. Le Cong Dinh. To our knowledge Mr. Le Cong Dinh remains arbitrarily detained solely as a result of his human rights work.

LRWC continues to respectfully ask that Vietnamese authorities:
1) Conduct an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into the arrest of Le Cong Dinh;
2) Ensure that the treatment of Le Cong Dinh, while in detention, adheres to all principles and conditions set out in the ‘Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under any Form of Detention or Imprisonment’, adopted by the UN General Assembly resolution 43/173 of 9 December 1988;
3) Take all required measures to guarantee the physical and psychological protection, integrity and security of Le Cong Dinh, while he is detained and following his release; and
4) Guarantee in all circumstances that human rights defenders in Vietnam are able to carry out their legitimate human rights based activities without fear of reprisals and, moreover, free of all restrictions including judicial or officially sanctioned harassment.

In view of the reported violations of Mr. Le Cong Dinh‘s internationally protected rights, LRWC requests details of the actions taken by your government to remedy past and prevent future violations of Mr. Le Cong Dinh’s rights.

LRWC will continue to monitor the situation of Mr. Le Cong Dinh closely.

We thank you in advance for your reply.