Country Listing: Vietnam
Alert Dates: 12 May 1998, 12 August 1997, 4 March 1997, 26 September 1995
Case Number: VI9430.NGU
Updated: 1 September 1998
Human Rights Issues
Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, an endocrinologist and former Director of Cho-Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City was released from prison on 1 September 1998 after serving eight years of a twenty-year sentence.
Arrested on 14 July 1990, Dr. Que was serving a twenty-year prison sentence for his activities in connection with a manifesto calling for social and economic change in Vietnam.
Dr. Que was dismissed from his post as Director of Cho-Ray Hospital in 1978 for his criticism of Vietnamís health care policies. He was later accused of "rebelling against the regime," and detained without trial until 1988.
Dr. Que has been widely recognized for his contribution to the promotion of human rights. He received the Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Award in 1994, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 1995, and was recognized at the Science and Human Rights reception during the 1996 AAAS Annual Meeting.
No further action is requested.
(Sources of information on this case include family members of Dr. Que and Amnesty International.)