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Vietnamese Political Prisoner Tran Thi Nga Back in Touch With Family [RFA]

La situation pénitentiaire d’une prisonnière de conscience. A lire sur RFA.

Vietnamese political prisoner Tran Thi Nga, after having been cut off from seeing her family for several months as part of disciplinary measures, was able to call her husband this week and a family visit to her in jail may take place next week, her husband told RFA’s Vietnamese service on Wednesday.

A human rights defender noted in Vietnam for her online activism, Nga, 40, was sentenced on July 25 to nine years in prison for spreading “propaganda against the state” under Article 88 of Vietnam’s penal code, a provision frequently used to silence dissident bloggers and other activists. Her appeal was rejected in December.

Nga’s husband, Phan Van Phong, told RFA he spoke to her for five minutes on Tuesday.

“First of all, she complained about my note advising her to accept wearing prison attire so that she would be allowed to see relatives. She told me not do that anymore, as she knows how to behave,” Phong said.

“Then she asked about the health of all relatives and talked with our kids,” he added.

Last month Phong had received a phone call from an anonymous woman who said she was Nga’s cellmate and had just been released. The woman said Nga was not allowed to see her family or to use her monthly five-minute phone call to her husband.

No reason was given for Nga’s punishment, but Phong said that prison authorities had told him before that Nga always displayed a “protest attitude” since she was brought to her current prison.

On Wednesday Phong also said authorities indicated that he and the couple’s two children would be able to meet Nga.

Phong said he was planning a trip to faraway Gia Trung Prison on June 12 for a family reunion.

In March, Nga was transferred to a distant prison — a prison in Gia Long Province, more than 1,000 km (620 miles) from her home in Ha Nam — without informing her family. Such transfers are apparently designed by authorities to increase prisoners’ isolation and make it difficult for family and friends to visit them.

Reported by RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by An Nguyen. Written in English by Paul Eckert.

Source : RFA, 06/06/2018.

Image “à la une” : Tran Thi Nga is shown at her sentencing in Ha Nam, Vietnam, July 25, 2017 © Nhân Dân News

Chiến tranh và góa phụ

Hai phụ nữ Việt Nam tại nghĩa trang quân đội Biên Hòa hôm 29/4/1975  © AFP
Hai phụ nữ Việt Nam tại nghĩa trang quân đội Biên Hòa hôm 29/4/1975 © AFP

Reportage de Radio Free Asia sur les veuves de guerre du camp des vain­cus. Des des­tins rare­ment évoqués. Publié sur RFA les 16 (article) et 23/04/2013 (vidéo).

Chiến tranh Việt Nam đã lại để lại hàng triệu goá phụ, và những đứa con côi cút bị mất cha, lìa mẹ. Có người tiếp tục bước thêm bước nữa để tìm hạnh phúc mới, nhưng nhiều người đã ôm con, thờ chồng, sống cuộc đời phòng không, chiếc bóng từ khi tóc hãy còn xanh.

Họ là những cánh hoa thời loạn ly bị cuốn đi trong cơn giông bão của chiến tranh. Những tấm gương trung kiên, hy sinh thầm lặng mà không hề nhận được huy chương, không một bó hoa và tên của họ cũng không bao giờ được khắc trên bia đá để nhiều người tưởng nhớ.

Lire la suite : RFA, 16/04/2013.

Réf. : Phong Thu, “Chiến tranh và góa phụ”, RFA, 16/04/2013.