Reactionary portraits: Pham Minh Hoang deserves to be revoked Vietnamese citizenship

27/06/2017

The incident of revoking Phạm Minh Hoàng’s Vietnamese citizenship is totally a Vietnam’s internal affair, a normal legal case of an independent country, but it has sparked controversy inside and outside the country for an old same reason human rights. Let see who is Phạm Minh Hoàng (Pham Minh Hoang)? And Does he deserve the verdict?
Pham Minh Hoang, born 1955 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, is a French-Vietnamese blogger and lecturer in applied mathematics at the Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Technology.
In 1973, Hoàng left to study in France. Hoàng lived, studied, and worked in France for 28 years, during which time he officially joined the political party, Viet Tan. Hoang returned to Vietnam in 2000, and worked as a lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh City Polytechnic University. Before his arrest on August 13, 2010, Hoàng wrote articles about political and social issues in Vietnam, which were published on his blog under pseudonym Phan Kien Quoc. He claimed that his posts aim to empower young Vietnamese to become leaders and serve the community.
In August 13, 2010 Hoang was arrested and convicted for writing 33 articles that distort the policies and guidelines of the Party and the State and blacken the image of the country. Hoang had admitted having joined Viet Tan - a California-based pro-democracy group that Vietnam considers a terrorist organisation. He was sentenced to three years in jail and three years of probation on charges of conducting anti-state propaganda under Article 88 and Article 79 of the Criminal Code but, for the State’s amnesty policy, served only 17 months and spend another three years under house arrest. Since his release in 2012, Hoang continued to post articles critical of the government on social media following his release from prison and illegally conduct trainings for youth regarding human rights and Vietnamese law.
On June 1, 2017, the French Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City invited Hoàng to inform him of the Vietnamese government's decision to revoke his Vietnamese citizenship on May 17, 2017. Pham Minh Hoang stated he would be separated from his wife due to his family's situation if he were to be deported. Hoang received the official letter from authorities on June 10, 2017 on the decision to revoke his Vietnamese citizenship which was signed by the President of Vietnam Trần Đại Quang.
Hoang has been deported to France after losing his nationality of birth. He arrived at Paris on 25 June, 2017. Apperantly this is an normal legal affair of the Vietnamese government and to Hoang himself is a humane act after his offences. If he was a Vietnamese citizen, he would have to obey Vietnamese law and seek to contribute for the country’s development. Instead, he had conducted many wrong-doings, which caused damages to Vietnam’s security and image. For these reason, he deserved to be rejected from Vietnamese nationality.
However, for reasons to intervene with the country’s internal affairs, many human rights organizations and self-claimed activists like the Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch, including Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, and the Dublin-based organization Front Line Defenders condemned the move and called on the international community to pressure Hanoi to reverse the ruling.
Who are they to engage with an independent sovereignty nation’s internal affairs ? This is an internal affair of the Vietnamese State and the country has conducted the case in accordance with the law.
Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi, spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Vietnam’s authorities had officially announced Mr. Hoang and the French Embassy in Vietnam about the decision. Hoang had clearly violated Vietnam’s law and affected the country’s national security, Hang said.
So, after all, Pham Minh Hoang deserves the verdict, and outsiders, including hostile forces like Viet Tan and other anti-Vietnam elements, should stop interfering with the country’s internal affairs./.


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Thành Đoàn Đào 27/6/17 22:30

He has posted many articles unfoundedly criticizing government’s policies and systemic corruption as well as the government’s weak response to China’s expansionism in the East Sea.

Love Peace 27/6/17 22:31

Hoang was arrested for online writings and charged with “conducting anti-state propaganda” under Article 88 of the Penal Code.

yobro yobro 27/6/17 22:32

He is reactionary element. He is a member of the U.S.-based pro-democracy Viet Tan Party, a terrorist group which has launched many plots to the country.

Pack Cassiopian 27/6/17 22:33

He totally deserves that!

John Smith 27/6/17 22:35

Hoang must be handled. He continued to post articles critical of the government on social media following his release from prison.

Only Solidar 27/6/17 23:04

RSF, HRW or any international organizations should let Vietnam's government do their jobs to protect laws.

LawrenceSamuels 27/6/17 23:09

He did not deserve to be a Vietnamese. He just caused negative impacts to the national security.

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