Medical letter writing action - Viet Nam: Doan Viet Hoat
Doan Viet Hoat is a 52-year-old academic who is serving a sentence of 15 years' imprisonment for counter-revolutionary activities. The charge resulted from the discovery of a newsletter containing articles critical of the government. He is a prisoner of conscience. He had previously been detained for a period of 12 years without trial for the peaceful expression of his political opinions and had only been at liberty for two years before his rearrest in 1990. He suffers from kidney stones, but is reported to be without medical attention. He is currently held at labour camp KO2 Z3OD in Ham Tam, where conditions are said to be poor.