Đoàn Huy Chương

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Doan Huy Chuong
Nationality Vietnamese
Occupation Union activist
Organization United Workers-Farmers Organization
Known for 2007-11 imprisonment

Đoàn Huy Chương is a Vietnamese union leader currently imprisoned by the government of Vietnam. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience and has called for his release.[1]

Doan was an activist with the United Workers-Farmers Organization, a labor union unrecognized by the Vietnamese government. In advance of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, authorities imprisoned all of the UWFO's members, including Doan Huy Chuong and his father Doan Van Dien.[2] The group's legal consultant, Tran Quoc Hien, was arrested the following January, two days after agreeing to become the group's spokesman.[1] In December 2007, Doan Huy Chuong and Doan Van Dien were given prison sentences of four-and-a-half years apiece under penal code article 258, “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the state."[2] Authorities also accused them of slandering the Vietnamese government and spreading "reactionary" thinking.[2] Their sentences have been protested by international human rights groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, which granted all of the arrested activists "prisoner of conscience" status and called for their immediate and unconditional release.[1]

In Spring 2011, Boston's American Repertory Theater and System of a Down's Serj Tankian dedicated their production of Prometheus Bound to Doan Huy Chuong, Doan Van Dien, Tran Quoc Hien, and seven other Amnesty International cases, stating in program notes that "by singing the story of Prometheus, the God who defied the tyrant Zeus by giving the human race both fire and art, this production hopes to give a voice to those currently being silenced or endangered by modern-day oppressors."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lead a Union, Go to Prison" (PDF). Amnesty International. November 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Not Yet a Workers’ Paradise". Human Rights Watch. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "About the Prometheus Project". American Repertory Theater. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.