Vietnam jails 3 labor activists

AP News
Posted: Oct 27, 2010 3:59 AM
Vietnam jails 3 labor activists

A court in southern Vietnam sentenced three labor activists to up to nine years in prison for instigating labor strikes and distributing anti-government leaflets, a court official said Wednesday.

Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung, 29, was convicted of disrupting security and sentenced to nine years in jail at the one-day trial Tuesday by Tra Vinh provincial People's Court, the court official said on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media.

Doan Huy Chuong and Do Thi Minh Hanh, both 25, were sentenced to seven years imprisonment on the same charges, she said.

The three were accused of instigating labor strikes at a shoe factory in Tra Vinh province late last year and sending pictures of the strikes to an outlawed trade union based in Poland to post on the Internet, she said.

The court official said the three were also convicted of distributing anti-government leaflets in Tra Vinh, in the southern Mekong Delta; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's southern commercial hub; and Dong Nai province, which is adjacent to Ho Chi Minh City.

Chuong, one of the founders of the United Workers-Farmers Organization of Vietnam, an unapproved union working on behalf of farmers whose land has been taken by the government for development, was sentenced to 18 months in jail in 2007 after being convicted of abusing freedom and democracy to infringe on the interests of the state.