Viet Nam: Vietnamese human rights blogger should be immediately and unconditionally released
Amnesty International and Civil Rights Defenders call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, also known by her blogging pseudonym, Mẹ Nấm (Mother Mushroom). She is a prisoner of conscience, being held and tried solely for her peaceful activities promoting and defending human rights. Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh is scheduled to appear for trial before the first instance People's Court of Khánh Hòa province on 29 June 2017. She is accused of "conducting propaganda" against the State under Article 88 of Viet Nam's Penal Code and faces imprisonment of between three and 20 years if convicted.