Parliamentary question - E-001927/2023Parliamentary question

Arbitrary arrest of prominent Vietnamese environmental defender Hoang Thi Minh Hong

Question for written answer  E-001927/2023
to the Commission
Rule 138
Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D), Delara Burkhardt (S&D), Petras Auštrevičius (Renew), Pascal Durand (S&D), Maria Arena (S&D), Miriam Lexmann (PPE), Saskia Bricmont (Verts/ALE), Isabel Santos (S&D), Bernard Guetta (Renew), Malte Gallée (Verts/ALE), Manon Aubry (The Left), Hannah Neumann (Verts/ALE), Sylvie Guillaume (S&D), Javier Nart (Renew), Heidi Hautala (Verts/ALE), Aurore Lalucq (S&D), Damien Carême (Verts/ALE), Anna Cavazzini (Verts/ALE), Christophe Clergeau (S&D), Brando Benifei (S&D), Reinhard Bütikofer (Verts/ALE), Salima Yenbou (Renew), Nora Mebarek (S&D), Dietmar Köster (S&D), Marie Toussaint (Verts/ALE), Katalin Cseh (Renew)

Hoang Thi Minh Hong has been arrested by the Vietnamese authorities on charges of tax evasion. She is the fifth environmental defender to be arrested in Vietnam for alleged tax evasion, having already been forced to close her environmental organisation due to growing repression. This follows the imprisonment of Goldman Prize laureate Nguy Thi Khanh for her advocacy against increasing coal pollution.

Parliament has previously denounced the repression of defenders and journalists in Vietnam[1]. The silencing of civil society representatives, including those involved in monitoring the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), is a clear breach of Vietnam’s commitments under the EVFTA and the EU-Vietnam Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA).


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