Christian human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai and his assistant Le Thu Ha were released into exile yesterdayafter two and a half years in prison.
Mr Dai has spent his career speaking up boldly for victims of human rights abuses, including religious minorities, across Vietnam. As a result, he has been repeatedly harassed and attacked and had previously served four years in prison.
CSW has campaigned on his case in every advocacy meeting, UN submission, and dialogue briefing on Vietnam we’ve had since his arrest. So many of you have stood with him through letter writing, campaigning and prayer. Thank you so much.
Last August, to mark 600 days in prison, CSW and others drew a tally of 600 in chalk onto the pavement leading up to Vietnamese embassies.
Exile in Germany
According to news reports, Mr Dai and Ms Ha were allowed to fly to Germany, and Mr Dai and his wife Khan are now reunited at last.
Yet the fact that they were imprisoned just for speaking up for others, and that they have been forced to leave Vietnam, is totally unjust.
Keep praying for Dai’s fellow activists
Four fellow activists were sentenced at the same time as Mr Dai, to between 7 and 12 years in prison on charges of ‘carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the government’. We won’t stop working until they’re released too.
Our work is only possible with your faithful and generous support and prayers.You can make a donation towards our work on these cases and others like them here.
Thank you so much. Have a blessed and joyful weekend.