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Vietnamese jailed blogger moved to distant province, wages hunger strike

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2010. (AP/Hoang Hai/Vietnam News Agency)

On May 7, my uncle, imprisoned Vietnamese blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, was unexpectedly moved from the Xuyen Moc prison camp situated near our family in Ho Chi Minh City to another detention facility about 1,500 kilometers away known as Camp No. 6 in central Nghe An province. His family was not informed in advance about the transfer and we only learned about it from the relative of a fellow prisoner of conscience being held at the same prison.

The next day, we traveled to Xuyen Moc prison to inquire about the move with authorities, who only confirmed the information and gave us the new detention camp's address. They said his transfer was in accordance with an order issued on May 5 by the General Bureau of Criminal Judgments Enforcement and Justice Assistance (General Bureau 8) under the Ministry of Public Security. They would not, however, provide us with an explanation for the reason behind his sudden transfer.

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On June 27 the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations, together with the Committee to Protect Journalists, is organizing a panel discussion on the safety of journalists in conflict zones, with a focus on the risks and challenges in areas near and under terrorist control. The participants of the event will share their views and discuss ways to improve the safety and security of journalists and associated personnel working in conflict zones, including in areas under terrorists and radical extremists. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

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