Vietnam: prisoner of conscience denied family visits after hunger strike

Trinh Ba Tu's father was turned back this week after two unsuccessful trips to the prison last month.

Jailed land rights activist Trinh Ba Tu is being denied family visits at Prison Camp No. 6 in Vietnam’s bleak Ngha An province after he started a hunger strike nearly two months ago to protest against prison guards beating him.

He started to refuse food on Sept. 6 and told his father later that month he had been put in solitary confinement, beaten and shackled. At the end of September, right after Tu’s father Trinh Ba Khiem returned from prison, his family filed a petition to the Ministry of Public Security to investigate the accusations. The ministry replied that the family should send the petition to the People’s Procuracy of Nghe An province. So far, his family has not received a response.