Vietnam Steps Up Harassment of Dissident Rights Lawyer

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(RFA) - Vietnamese authorities have ramped up their harassment of dissident rights lawyer and former political prisoner Nguyen Bac Truyen (Nguyễn Bắc Truyển), stationing a large group of security agents in plain clothes outside his rented house on Wednesday and threatening his landlady with a knife, according to sources.

Truyen, who provides free legal assistance to victims of land grabs and has campaigned for multiparty democracy in one-party communist Vietnam, was released on probation from prison in May 2010 after serving three and a half years for “conducting propaganda against the state.”

He now lives in a house in southern Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City rented from another former prisoner, Pham Minh Hoang (Phạm Minh Hoàng), a blogger and former mathematics teacher serving a period of probation after his own release from prison in January 2012. Read more here.