Save Activist from 14 Years of Jail Time

Target: Hà Hùng Cường, Minister of Justice, Vietnam

Goal: Save activist from 14 years of undeserved jail time.

A Vietnamese activist, Hoang Duc Binh, was sentenced to 14 years in jail for live-streaming fishermen on their way to file a lawsuit against the Taiwanese steel plant responsible for the catastrophic toxic waste spill in April 2016. Following the spill were protests across the four regions affected, where there were 70 tons of fish killed, 556 acres of coral reefs decimated, and more than 40,000 fisherman and tourism employees put out of work.

Although the plant’s owner has paid $500 million to compensate workers, activists are demanding transparency in the form of disclosing chemical information from plants and companies. The toxic disaster highlights unsustainable and irresponsible business practices.

Nevertheless, the court has rejected all the lawsuits against Formosa Plastics Group, owner of the steel plant, for a lack of evidence. This might be attributed to the fact that the country is ruled by a party that has zero tolerance for dissent and controls all aspects of life, including media. Although protests and rallies were mainly peaceful, with priests and churches leading vigils, at least nine people have been convicted and sentenced to prison in the last month alone.

Binh was convicted of abusing his freedom to “infringe on the interests of the state, organization and people, and for opposing officers on duty.” Activists have been calling for transparency from foreign companies (the country has received over $70 billion in foreign investment in the last ten years) and government accountability.

In this case, the government is ignoring the evidence. The evidence was visible along 125 miles of coastline where dead fish washed up, including a whale and rare species of fish. The evidence is visible in the void left behind in the fishing and tourism industry. Activist Binh is not a criminal. He was expressing his views in a peaceful way, along with thousands of others who only want justice and environmental protection. Sign the petition below to demand Binh not be made to serve an undeserved 14 years in jail.


Dear Minister Cường,

An activist was sentenced to 14 years in jail for live-streaming a fishermen’s protest over the toxic waste spill back in 2016. You must be familiar with the catastrophic event, as it killed over 70 tons of fish and put more than 40,000 fisherman and tourism industry workers out of business across four regions. Although the responsible party, the owner of the Taiwanese steel plant, has paid $500 million in compensation, the government has dismissed all cases against the company for lack of evidence. Activists and civilians alike are calling for justice, but they are silenced. At least nine people in the past month alone have been convicted and sentenced to prison for propaganda against the state.

They are peacefully expressing their views, but are being punished cruelly. Binh is not abusing his freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state, organization, or people. Your constituents are not the enemy; they are not protesting to actively harm the government nor the country. They are only calling for justice and a future in which foreign investors exercise sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices. I ask you to take Binh’s case and help dismiss the charges against him, showing that the state supports peaceful expression of views, and showing that it cares for the all the people affected by the deadly incident.


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Photo Credit: South China Morning Post

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  1. GEN AGUSTSSON says:


  2. This man and his fellow activists are heroes, not villains. The rich have the power, even if they are foreigners in the country they abuse, and the “peoples'” own government are happy to persecute their own countrymen for bribes and other corruptions….look out the little people IN EVERY NATION…this is happening everywhere even in so-called democratic western countries, and the worst is yet to come IF WE ALLOW MEN LIKE HOANG DUC BINH to be persecuted….and it’s coming, and way too quickly, AND ALL GOOD PEOPLE MUST TAKE A STAND N-O-W, no matter how small their effort be, be it a simple signature on a petition….spread the word, spread the care….THANK YOU HOANG DUC BINH.

  3. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    I have signed other petitions as well…So blatantly wrong, your country needs many good people like these to help protect your precious land for all to share and be proud of.
    How non-thinking is it to abuse this person and imprison him for assisting his government?
    Please reconsider these action and allow this man to go free and assist him with his work to your people and their living and environment. Thank you.

  4. Dear Hà Hùng Cường – I am writing to ask that you please free Hoang Duc Binh from serving a 14 year sentence in prison for peacefully expressing his views. If Hoang Duc Binh is to be sentenced to serve prison time, then the thousands of others who protested along side of him should be arrested too. Please show some compassion and free Hoang Duc Binh. Please!

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