We welcome the release from prison of Vietnamese professor of mathematics, Pham Minh Hoang on January 13, 2012. CCS was among the many human rights groups and academic associations advocating for Professor Hoang’s release. Pham Minh Hoang, a professor of mathematics and blogger in Vietnam, was arrested on August 13, 2010 and was later convicted of holding membership in Viet Tan, a banned political group. He was released on January 13, 2012 after serving 17 months in prison, though his conviction also includes a three-year house arrest sentence.
While CCS welcomes the release of Professor Hoang as a positive development, we urge the appropriate authorities in Vietnam to reconsider Professor Hoang’s additional sentence, which suggests retaliation against a scholar for the peaceful exercise of fundamental rights of free expression and association that are guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Vietnam is party.
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