Vietnamese Political Prisoners Transferred Away from Family

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(VNRN) – Prisoners of conscience in Vietnam have been transferred away from their families, a pattern that has come to the fore with the most recent move of Le Quoc Quan (Lê Quốc Quân) from Hanoi to Quang Nam province 760km (470 miles) away.

The transfer of the lawyer and democracy activist occurred “at night and without notice to the family,” Quan’s brother Le Quoc Quyet told Vietnam Right Now. The family only knew about it after Quan, upon arriving in Quang Nam, yelled out his name to passers-by, one of whom knew of Quan and then contacted Quyet.

It made clear a pattern that has been going on for a while. Vietnam is an elongated country, and political prisoners have been moved to opposite ends of the country. Blogger Dieu Cay (Nguyen Van Hai – Nguyễn Văn Hải), whom U.S. President Barrack Obama once called for by name to be released, was first held in southern Ho Chi Minh City where he lived but has been taken to Nghe An province, 1500km (930 miles) to the north.

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