Monday, April 23, 2007

TKTT and Dissident Writers Support Association.

Bấm vào đây để đoc tiếng Việt

To the

Amnesty International, Writers in Prison Committee/P.E.N. International and Reporters Without Bordrers

We are writing to seek your urgent help and support for the case of Vietnamese dissident writer TRAN KHAI THANH THUY (TKTT).

Just recently, our Association receives an email of TKTT’s daughter, informing us that her mother (TKTT) has been arrested by the Vietnamese police force at about 12PM, on the 21st of April 2007. This arrest was subsequently acknowleged by Hanoi authorities as reported on the Radio for Free Asia broadcasted in the USA as well as on Vietnam News Agency, a press controlled by Hanoi authorities.

According to the document provided below, novelist TKTT is currently an outpatient at Hanoi Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Hospital for her treatment of severe tuberculosis of the lungs. She was admitted to the Hospital on the 1st of March 2007 when she vomitted in blood and was quickly diagnosed as having tuberculosis at a late stage. She has been since treated by a strict 8 month therapy program for tuberculosis instructed by the Hospital as shown below this letter. However, by holding TKTT in police custody now, the Vietnamese authorities have deliberately spoilt this therapy program for her.

This action is a violation to articles 18, 19, 20 and 25 of the Universal declaration of Human rights, and we urgently call on all the Vietnamese people, overseas Vietnamese people, and the Writers in Prison Committee/P.E.N. International to condemn this barbaric action.

Extract from Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 25): Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

We demand that the Vietnamese civil police must set her free now to continue with her tuberculosis treatment. Novelist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy's health situation at the moment is extremely poor. If her condition gets any worse, she may die. The Vietnamese authorities must therefore be held accountable in front of all civilised people in the world if that happens.

Truc Le, Phuong Duy and Phung Mai

TKTT and Dissident Writers Support Association.
PO Box 4004 Ardeer Victoria 3022 AUSTRALIA