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Fighting against land grabbing Vietnam

Ms. Can Thi Theu is a land rights defender from Vietnam. She has been campaigning against and documenting land grabbing in Hanoi and its surrounding provinces since 2007, when her family's farm was confiscated.

April 2014: first arrest

In April 2014, local farmers protested against land grabbing and evictions in the Ha Dong district of Hanoi. The police attacked protesters with sticks and batons.

Ms. Can Thi Theu and her husband documented the situation. While doing so, she was beaten by the police and arrested for 'resisting on-duty state officials'.

After 15 months of imprisonment, Ms. Can Thi Theu was released from prison in July 2015.

January 2016: second arrest

Farmers land continued to be grabbed by the national government. In January 2016, around 100 people joined in a peaceful protest in Hanoi, against attempts by the local government to evict dozens of family farms.

The police surrounded the demonstrators and arresteded some of them, including Ms. Can Thi Theu.

Protesters were taken to a police station and later released.

June 2016: third and current arrest

In April 2016, Ms. Can Thi Theu participated in a peaceful demonstration commemorating the 10th anniversary of a pro-democracy group demanding the release of detained human rights lawyer Mr. Nguyen Van Dai.

Police officers entered and searched Ms. Can Thi Theu´s home, confiscating her mobile phone and arresting her for 'causing public disorder'.

Can Thi Theu went on a hunger strike for 13 days. She stopped on her lawyer´s advice, alarmed at her deteriorating health.
Can Thi Theu´s sons were briefly arrested for calling for the liberation of their mother.

Front Line Defenders issued an urgent appeal calling for her immediate and unconditional release, citing her physical and psychological integrity, and security. Ms. Can Thi Theu continues to be in detention waiting for her trial.

Send a message of solidarity to Ms. Can Thi Theu! https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/can-thi-theu

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Credits:

1. United Nations Photo; scene from Hnaoi, Viet Nam; May 23, 2015; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 2. United Nations Photo; food and agriculture, Viet Nam; June 25, 2011; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 3. United Nations Photo; Electrical transmission towers in Viet Nam; June 23, 2011; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 4. Tyler Ingram; Harvesting rice; October 14, 2012; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 5. Sida Swedish Int. Development; vietnam_mission_cyclist; May 26, 2005; (CC BY-NC 2.0). 6. Taken from Reuters.com