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Viet Nam: Prominent blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan writes from prison ahead of his forthcoming appeal.

Friday 14 February 2014 - 12:00am

Update #2 to RAN 32/13 14 February 2014

Le Quoc QuanPEN International calls upon its members to send renewed letters of appeal calling for the immediate and unconditional release of blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan, whose appeal is due to be heard on 18 February 2014. Ahead of the hearing Le Quoc Quan has written to supporters across the globe, thanking them for their ongoing support.

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Please share Le Quoc Quan’s letter and poem with your friends and colleagues. If you are active on social media please consider using the hashtag #LeQuocQuan.

Please send renewed appeals:

• Protesting the 30-month sentence and heavy fine handed down to blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan for alleged tax evasion on 2 October 2013;
• Stating that you believe the charges to be politically motivated and intended to prevent him continuing his legitimate human rights activities and from exercising his right to freedom of expression;
• Calling for his immediate and unconditional release;
• Seeking assurances that, while he remains imprisoned, Le Quoc Quan receives adequate medical treatment.

Appeals to:

His Excellency Truong Tan Sang
President of the Socialist Republic of
Viet Nam
Hung Vuong street
Ba Dinh district
Ha Noi
Viet Nam

Prime Minister
1 Hoang Hoa Tham street
Ba Dinh district
Ha Noi
Viet Nam

Minister of Foreign Affairs
1 Ton That Dam steet
Ba Dinh district
Ha Noi
Viet Nam
Fax: +844 3823 1872
Please note that there are no fax numbers available for the Vietnamese authorities, so you may wish to ask the diplomatic representative for Viet Nam in your country to forward your appeals. It would also be advantageous to ask your country’s diplomatic representatives in Viet Nam to intervene in the case.

For some Vietnamese embassies in the world:

**Please check with this office if sending appeals after 28 February 2014**

For PEN International’s previous alert and more background click here

For a joint appeal calling for the immediate release of Le Quoc Quan click here

For further information please contact Cathy McCann at International PEN Writers in Prison Committee, Brownlow House, 50/51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER, Tel.+ 44 (0) 20 7405 0338, Fax: +44 (0) 20 7405 0339, email: