NED Urges Kerry to Raise the Case of Le Quoc Quan
Jun 17, 2013
The National Endowment for Democracy and the World Movement for Democracy have joined more than a dozen leading human rights organizations in signing a letter urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to address the upcoming trial of prominent Vietnamese activist Le Quoc Quan at the ASEAN conference later this month.
A blogger, human rights lawyer, and prodemocracy advocate, Mr. Quan has been instrumental in exposing human rights violations in Vietnam and encouraging reforms. Arrested on December 27, 2012 on allegations of tax evasion, he now faces trial on July 9, 2013, and a possible sentence of up to seven years with substantial fines. This arrest appears to be part of a larger pattern of persecution by the Vietnamese Government against Mr. Quan and other blogger-activists and dissidents. Mr. Quan was previously arrested in 2007, following a fellowship at the NED with the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program, and again in 2011. Each arrest appears to have been in violation of internationally recognized human rights norms, with respect to both the justification and process.
Prior actions that the National Endowment for Democracy and the World Movement for Democracy have taken on Mr. Quan’s behalf include a statement of concern to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung from NED President Carl Gershman, along with an accompanying press release, Democracy Digest blogposts, and World Movement Democracy Alerts. NED has also supported Mr. Quan’s nomination for the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
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Source: National Endowment for Democracy