Sending Office: Honorable Katie Porter
Sent By:
Brieana.Marticorena@mail.house.gov

Deadline: Tuesday, June 18 at 11am

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to join me in urging a just resolution for Michael Nguyen and requesting that he be reunited with his wife and four daughters as soon as possible.

Mr. Nguyen is a law-abiding American citizen with no criminal record in the United States. Mr. Nguyen was arrested on July 7, 2018 while visiting elderly relatives in Vietnam.
While the Vietnamese government still has not disclosed any specific acts or evidence that would justify his arrest over the past eleven months, the Vietnamese government has confirmed they are charging Mr. Nguyen for allegedly violating Article 109 of Vietnam’s
Penal Code, engaging in activity against the government, which has often been used by Vietnamese officials in arbitrary arrests.

It is unacceptable that Mr. Nguyen, or any American citizen, be detained for a prolonged period of time under unsubstantiated circumstances. With Mr. Nguyen’s trial expected
to begin on June 24, 2019, it is urgent for Members to make clear their expectations for a fair resolution.

If you have any questions, please contact Brieana Marticorena at
Brieana.marticorena@mail.house.gov.
Thank you for your consideration and assistance.

Sincerely,

Katie Porter

Member of Congress

 

His Excellency Ha Kim Ngoc

Ambassador

Embassy of Vietnam

1223 20th Street NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036

Dear Mr. Ambassador,

We write regarding Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen, an American citizen who has been imprisoned by the Vietnamese government for over eleven months. We have been notified that his
trial is expected to begin on June 24, 2019.

As you are aware, Mr. Nguyen was arrested on July 7, 2018 while visiting elderly relatives in Vietnam. He has since been held at the Phan Dang Luu Detention Center in Ho Chi
Minh City, where his family remains unable to contact him. While the Vietnamese government still has not disclosed any specific acts or evidence that would justify his arrest, the Vietnamese government has confirmed they are charging Mr. Nguyen for allegedly
violating Article 109 of Vietnam’s Penal Code, engaging in activity against the government.

Mr. Nguyen is a law-abiding American citizen with no criminal record in the United States. He is a loving husband and father, a small business owner, and an active member of
his community and church. Mr. Nguyen is the primary caregiver for his wife and four young daughters, and his long absence continues to cause extreme hardship and emotional suffering for his family.

Mr. Nguyen’s continued imprisonment raises significant concerns, particularly since the Vietnamese government only recently filed formal charges without releasing any details
regarding the specific actions Mr. Nguyen stands accused of. It is unacceptable that Mr. Nguyen, or any American, be detained for a prolonged period of time without being charged for a specific crime.

Vietnam is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and as such has committed to respecting the rights to due process and a fair trial. We strongly
urge a just and speedy resolution for Mr. Nguyen so that he may be reunited with his family as soon as possible.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Members of Congress

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