ICC Note: Catholic human rights activist was sentenced again to five years in jail and four years house arrest as he led the protest for pro-democracy activities. Nguyen Van Oai was a part of the group of Christians arrested by Vietnamese authorities in 2011 during a raid against human rights activists. In 2013, he was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for “attempting to overthrow the government”. Following his release in 2015, he was placed on administrative probation for four years. Despite his conviction, Nguyen Van Oai continued his human right activities, exposing heavy taxations and injustice of local authorities.
09/21/2017 Vietnam (Asia News) – The People’s Court in Hoàng Mai, Nghệ An’s province, convicted Nguyễn Văn Oai, a Catholic blogger and former political prisoner, to five years in jail and four years house arrest for resisting public officials and violating his probation.
On 19 January, plainclothes police attacked the activist and took him into custody, then accused him of resisting “persons on duty” and violating the terms of a house arrest order he received in 2015 because of a previous conviction for pro-democracy activity.
Nguyễn Văn Oai, 36, was part of a group of 14 young Catholics and Protestants arrested by Vietnamese authorities in 2011 during a raid against human rights activists linked to religious groups and organisations, environmental movements and anti-Chinese patriots.
In 2013, the activist was sentenced to four years in prison along with Paulus Le Van Son, a well-known Catholic blogger, for trying to “overthrow the legitimate government”.
Despite the conviction, he continued his human rights activities, exposing the injustices of local authorities, and leading protests against heavy taxation, which weigh heavily on people.