Target: General Tran Dai Quang, Minister of Public Security
Goal: Grant immediate medical care to a prisoner of conscience who is battling cancer.
Vietnamese political activist Tran Thi Thuy has been diagnosed with a tumor on her uterus, but prison officials refuse to provide her with treatment until she “confesses” to the crimes of which she is accused. Sign the petition and demand that Tran Thi Thuy be provided with immediate and adequate medical assistance.
Tran Thi Thuy is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for her role in a 2010 land rights protest. Her arrest is based solely on her peaceful political activities, meaning that she should never have been arrested in the first place.
She was diagnosed with a tumor in April and is now in such poor condition that she needs a crutch or someone to lean on in order to walk. She has told her family that she has felt near death several times over the past few months. She is in excruciating pain.
Withholding necessary medical treatment could be considered torture under these circumstances, according to Amnesty International. In that case, the refusal to treat Tran Thi Thuy would put Vietnam in violation of the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which Vietnam signed just last year.
Tran Thi Thuy ought to be released immediately, but it is even more crucial right now that she receive the medicine and treatment that she so desperately needs. Sign the petition and demand justice for Tran Thi Thuy, just as she has demanded justice for so many others.
Dear General Tran Dai Quang,
I am writing to you to demand immediate medical assistance for Tran Thi Thuy, who is currently being held in An Phước Detention Center. She has been refused medical treatment until she “confesses” to the crime of which she is accused. This is a shameful manipulation that amounts to torture. She must be provided with medical treatment immediately.
Tran Thi Thuy was diagnosed with a tumor on her uterus in April but was refused medical treatment. One prison official allegedly told her that she could die in prison if she refused to confess. Her condition has deteriorated significantly in the intervening months; she is in terrible pain and cannot walk unless she uses a crutch or leans on another person. She has told her family that she has felt near death many times over the past several months.
Withholding necessary medical care under these circumstances could amount to torture, Amnesty International reports. This would put Vietnam in violation of the Convention Against Torture, which the country signed last year and came into effect in February, two months prior to Tran Thi Thuy’s diagnosis.
Tran Thi Thuy ought to be freed–her only “crime” has been the peaceful expression of her political beliefs–but it is even more imperative that she receive the urgent medical care she so desperately needs. I demand that she be granted access to medicine and medical professionals who can help her.
[Your Name Here]
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