Amnesty International calls on Vietnam to end torture, ill treatment
July 13, Hanoi: Amnesty International has called on Vietnam to end torture and ill treatment against prisoners of conscience.
Amnesty International says in a report released Tuesday that prisoners of conscience have to endure abuses including prolonged periods of solitary confinement, beatings and the denial of medical treatment. The report was based on a year of research, including interviews with 18 former prisoners of conscience.
Five of the prisoners told Amnesty International that they spent lengthy periods of time in solitary confinement in dark cells without access to fresh air, clean water and sanitation. They said some prisoners were frequently beaten, the Associated Press reported.
Chau Heng, a land rights activist who was imprisoned, told Amnesty International that when he was taken to see a prison doctor, he opened his mouth to gesture that he could not speak.
Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty International's director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said even though Vietnam ratified the United Nations Convention Against Torture in 2015, the government must do more.
Vietnam's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Vietnam has said that there are no political prisoners in the communist country, and that only law breakers are put behind bars.
The Oslo Times International News Network