Thursday, May 29, 2008

From Protest Poems.Org

"In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane." Oscar Wilde

Bui Kim Thành is being held in an asylum despite a psychiatric determination of sanity.

On March 6th, 2008 police broke into Bui Kim Thành's house and took her to the Bien Hoa Mental Hospital, where she is still being held incommunicado.

Bui Kim Thành is a human rights lawyer, Internet writer and member of the banned Democratic Party of Vietnam.

This is the second time Bui Kim Thành has been kept in psychiatric care by Vietnamese authorities. In November 2006, she was committed and kept for eight months, despite the fact that two psychiatrists concluded she was not suffering from mental illness. She has said that she was forcibly medicated during that time, though doesn't know with which drugs.

She is believed to have been/to be targeted for her critical online writings and dissident activities. Bui Kim Thành has been reporting for various media outlets, the internet and international NGOs on issues of social injustice and human rights violations in Vietnam.

She is known for her defense of destitute women farmers made homeless by illegal land expropriation.
Incarceration of dissidents under the guise of treatment for mental illness is not uncommon (see link from website).

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