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Viet Nam: Prisons within prisons: Torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of conscience in Viet Nam

, Index number: ASA 41/4187/2016

This report documents treatment of prisoners of conscience which violates Viet Nam’s international human rights obligations, including the prohibition on torture. The violations documented include enforced disappearances; prolonged periods of incommunicado detention and solitary confinement; the infliction of severe physical pain and suffering; the withholding of medical treatment; and punitive prison transfers. The report is written on the basis of interviews with men and women released in the past five years but also raises concerns relating to the treatment of some of the country’s current prisoners of conscience, which Amnesty International estimates to be 84 men and women.

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