Mrs. Le Thi Minh Ha, wife of the Vietnamese human rights defender Nguyen Huu Vinh, went to Berlin/Germany to meet with members of the German Government and Parliament to advocate for the freedom of her husband. Mr. Nguyen Huu Vinh, born in 1956, initiated in 2007 the blog anhbasam (“The Gossiper”) which daily provides a compilation of information on political issues from several sources: state media, foreign press agencies, but also from political activists, journalists, private blogs and websites, which are stamped by the Vietnamese government as “reactionary” and “subversive”. He is one of the most prominent civil rights activists in Vietnam. Mr. Vinh and his colleague, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, were arrested in Hanoi on May 5, 2014 and since then they are in detention. The police accuse them of “abusing democratic freedom to infringe the interests of the State” according to Art. 258, Criminal Code of Vietnam.
Meeting with the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Bundestag in Berlin on Nov. 4, 2014. [From left to right] Mr. Vu Quoc Dung (VETO!), Mrs. Le Thi Minh Ha, MP Michael Brand (Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights) and MP Frank Heinrich.
MP Martin Patzelt Member ofCommittee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Bundestag
Sponsor of the case of Mr. Nguyen Huu Vinh
Meeting with MPChristoh Straesser (SPD), Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid
in Berlin on Oct. 23, 2014
Meeting with MP Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler (SPD) (left)
in Berlin on Oct. 17, 2014
Meeting with MP Tom Koenigs (left), Spokeman for Human Rights of the Green Party in Berlin on Oct. 23, 2014
Meeting with MP Martin Patzelt (CDU/CSU), who takes sponsorship for her husband in Berlin on Nov. 4, 2014