Interview with Former Political Prisoner Tran Thi Nga About Effects of Prison on Women and Children

Entretien avec l’ancienne prisonnière de conscience Trân Thi Nga sur ses conditions de détentions et les méthodes coercitives de la Sécurité publique du Viêt-Nam à l’encontre des dissidents, de leur famille et de leurs enfants. Un témoignage important.


The 88 Project had the opportunity to interview former political prisoner Tran Thi Nga about her experience in prison and conditions in prison for women and children. Tran Thi Nga was released from prison in January and sent immediately into exile in the United States. She was about three years into a nine-year prison sentence for her activism in land and labor rights when she was released. 

In the video, Nga speaks about the psychological effects on her young children during her arrest and her time in prison. Her youngest child was only four years old when he witnessed his mother being arrested by the police in their own home. When Nga’s husband was detained for questioning, their six year-old was also detained and was even separated from his father. Nga’s children struggled with discrimination at school during her imprisonment, as well as difficulties in visiting their mother in prison. Nga was transferred to a facility 1,000 km away from the family’s hometown, and the authorities often used visitation rights as a means to try to get her to admit guilt. She urges international stakeholders to speak up for the rights of women and children and remedy the injustices caused by the Vietnamese authorities’ poor treatment of female prisoners.

Lire la suite : The 88 Project, 20/06/2020.