Vietnam (5)

Doan Viet Hoat, Dien Dan Tu Do
Imprisoned: November 17, 1990

Public security police arrested Hoat, editor and publisher of the pro-democracy newsletter Dien Dan Tu Do (Freedom Forum). The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court sentenced him in late March 1993 to 20 years of hard labor for his involvement with the newsletter. He is currently serving out his sentence, commuted to 15 years on appeal, in Thanh Cam prison. Located in northern Vietnam, near the Laotian border, Thanh Cam is normally reserved for serious criminal offenders. Hoat suffers from kidney stones, a condition that developed during his previous 12-year incarceration by the Hanoi regime.


Pham Duc Kham, Dien Dan Tu Do
Imprisoned: Late 1990

Public security police arrested Kham in the fall of 1990. In March 1993, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his involvement with the pro-democracy newsletter Dien Dan Tu Do (Freedom Forum). His sentence was reduced on appeal to 12 years. Kham is presently incarcerated at Xuan Phuoc labor camp.


Nguyen Van Thuan (Chau Son), Dien Dan Tu Do
Imprisoned: Late 1990

Thuan, whose pen name is Chau Son, was arrested in the fall of 1990 and in March 1993 was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his involvement with the pro-democracy newsletter Dien Dan Tu Do (Freedom Forum). His sentence was reduced on appeal to eight years. Thuan suffered a stroke on Feb. 25, 1994, that left him partially paralyzed. Authorities ordered him to return to Ham Tan prison camp after 30 days in the hospital.


Le Duc Vuong, Dien Dan Tu Do
Imprisoned: Late 1990

Vuong was arrested in the fall of 1990 and sentenced in late March 1993 to seven years in prison for his involvement with the pro-democracy newsletter Dien Dan Tu Do (Freedom Forum). Vuong is presently incarcerated at Xuan Phuoc labor camp.


Nguyen Dan Que
Sentenced: November 1991

Que was convicted of compiling and distributing subversive literature and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Before he was imprisoned, he had distributed political handbills and sent documents abroad. Que, who suffers from hypertension and a bleeding gastric ulcer, is imprisoned at the Xuyen Moc labor camp in Dong Nai province.

appeals to:
His Excellency Do Muoi
General Secretary of the Central Committee
Communist Party of Vietnam
1 Hoang Van Thu
Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Fax: 84-4-259-205 or 84-4-459-205


Zaire (2)

Mukalayi Mulongo, OZRT-Shaba
Kabemba wa Yulu, OZRT-Shaba
Imprisoned: May 19, 1995

Lubumbashi Security Service officers arrested Mulongo, the program director of the state-owned radio station OZRT-Shaba, and wa Yulu, a journalist with the station. Mulongo was arrested for granting the president of the Shaba province branch of the Union of Independent Republicans Party (UFERI) the right to respond to statements made by the national UFERI president.

appeals to
His Excellency Leon Kengo wa Dondo
Prime Minister of the Republic of Zaire
Kinshasa, Zaire
Fax: c/o Embassy of Zaire
202-686-3631


Zambia (1)

Gerard Gatare, Rwandan National Television
Imprisoned: October 10, 1995

Gatare, a former editor at Rwandan National Television, was arrested and later imprisoned in Kabwata Central Prison in Lusaka. Early in 1995, Gatare, fearing for his life, had fled to Zambia from a refugee camp outside Rwanda. No charges have been brought against him. His arrest came after a Rwandan government minister visited Zambia, reportedly bringing a list of “wanted” Rwandan intellectuals with him. Gatare, a recipient of the 1994-95 Fulbright Hubert Humphrey Fellowship for International Journalists, is one of at least 16 Rwandan refugees currently imprisoned in Zambia.

appeals to
His Excellency Frederick Chiluba
President of the Republic of Zambia
State House
Independent Avenue
Lusaka, Zambia
Fax: 260-1-221-939

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