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Conviction and Sentencing of Viet Khang and Tran Vu Anh Binh

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 1, 2012


The United States is troubled by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court conviction and sentencing on October 30 of musicians Viet Khang and Tran Vu Anh Binh on charges of “propagandizing against the state.” The Court sentenced Viet Khang to four years and Tran Vu Anh Binh to six years. Both face house arrest following completion of their sentences.

This is the latest in a series of detentions and convictions in Vietnam against those seeking nothing more than the peaceful expression of their views. This latest example of the Vietnamese authorities restricting freedom of expression is inconsistent with international standards. Given the recent worsening of the human rights situation in Vietnam, we urge the Vietnamese government to acknowledge and remedy this situation, including through the release of these musicians, and all prisoners of conscience, as well as adherence to its international obligations immediately.

PRN: 2012/1721


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