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ICC Note: Civil Rights Defenders are demanding the release of a Catholic female rights activist, known as Me Nam. The Vietnamese government arrested Me Nam while she was visiting another human rights defender in prison. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison under Article 88 of Penal Code. In the past, Me Nam had criticized the Vietnamese government for corruption and human rights abuses. Her arrest is nothing more than persecution against her courage to stand up against the government in order to defend human rights.

10/13/2017 Vietnam (UCA News) – An international rights group has called upon the Vietnamese government to free a Catholic female activist imprisoned for her defense of human rights.

Vietnam’s government should “immediately and unconditionally release Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh,” Civil Rights Defenders said in a statement to mark the one-year anniversary of her arbitrary arrest and detention on Oct. 10, 2016.

Quynh, known by her pen name “Me Nam” or “Mother Mushroom,” was arrested while she and other activists visited a rights defender in prison in Khanh Hoa province.

Last June, a provincial court sentenced Quynh to 10 years in prison under Article 88 of the Penal Code, for “conducting propaganda against the state.”

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