Vietnam: Activist sentenced to six years in prison for environmental protest against Taiwanese steel company

Author: Ivana Kottasová & Angus Watson, CNN, Published on: 8 June 2019

"Vietnamese blogger sentenced to 6 years in jail for environmental protest", 7 June 2019

A Vietnamese environmental activist and blogger has been sentenced to six years in prison under the country's new law that cracks down on online dissent.

Nguyen Ngoc Anh, a 39-year...was sentenced to six years in the People's Court of Ben Tre province, followed by five years under house arrest....

The European Commission called the sentence a "direct breach" of international human rights agreements.

...According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Nguyen took part in environmental protests against Formosa Plastics Group, a Taiwanese steel company that admitted to being responsible for an environmental disaster in 2016. The company allegedly dumped toxic waste into the sea, killing huge numbers of marine creatures.

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