Viet Nam: Ongoing Detention of Mr Le Cong Dinh | Letter

Mr. Le Cong Dinh is a prominent and highly respected human rights lawyer in Viet Nam. On 13 June 2009, security forces from the Ministry of Public Security arrested Mr. Dinh and raided and searched his home and office. He was arrested for “conducting propaganda against the State” under Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code for his writings and media interviews, his association with the ‘Vietnam Democracy Party’ and attendance at a peaceful training course organized by Viet Tan, a pro-democracy organization which the Vietnamese Government has arbitrarily declared a “terrorist organization”.