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#StandWithBach ✊ Manushya Joins the Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Bach and Calls For His Release

Environmental lawyer Dang Dinh Bach was wrongfully jailed in Vietnam nearly two years ago for “tax evasion” and sentenced to 5 years in prison. To protest his innocence, Bach is currently going on a hunger strike until his release or “until death”.

Today, Manushya Foundation joins the hunger strike in solidarity with Bach through peaceful protest and call for his release, as well as an end to retaliation against government and civil society actors in Vietnam and around the world pushing for human rights and environmental justice. Bach is now on his 5th day of hunger strike, which started on June 9th, 2023 before the second anniversary of his arrest [June 24th 2023].

Although the $15.5 billion Just Energy Transition Partnership is supported by G7 countries for Vietnam’s energy transition, the Government of Vietnam is silencing environmental activists and climate advocates like Bach by putting them in jail and refusing to release them!

The latest case of detention on tax evasion charges concerns well-known environmentalist Hoang Thi Minh Hong. Her arrest by the Ho Chi Minh City police on May 30, 2023, highlights a concerning trend in Vietnam. The country's utilization of ambiguous and flawed tax laws to selectively target environmentalists and climate change activists, leading to politically motivated prosecutions, is an alarming and distressing development.

We must act now to safeguard Bach’s life, as well as Vietnam’s ability to successfully transition away from coal and mitigate the impacts of climate change. A #JustEnergyTransition cannot happen when #Climate leaders are in jail!

#WeAreManushyan ♾ Equal Human Beings

✊ Manushya Foundation stands in complete solidarity with ‘Bach’ and his family and friends. We call on the Vietnamese government to release him immediately!

✊ We urge all governments, multilateral institutions and others invested in a just energy transition for Vietnam to 1) insist on Bach’s release; and 2) demand that civil society in Vietnam is welcome to participate meaningfully in this process that is so crucial for the future of the region and the planet.

👉 Join us in our fight to set Bach free by sharing and signing the petition:

👉 Access the Joint Open Letter, signed by more than 80 NGOs, including Manushya Foundation, calling for the release of Bach:

👉 Learn more about Bach on the #StandwithBach campaign page:

While you’re here…

➡️ See how Manushya advocates for Bach’s release from jail and our #StandWithBach campaign:

➡️ Check out our related work on #ClimateJustice and how we advocate for a Just Transition:


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