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On September 27, 2023, a collective of five international organizations expressed vehement condemnation for the arbitrary execution of Le Van Manh, a flagrant violation of his right to life and freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment. The execution took place despite credible allegations of severe beatings and torture by the police to extract a coerced "confession" used against him during his trial.
Despite widespread public outcry and persistent international calls for an impartial, independent review of Le Van Manh's case, the Vietnamese authorities proceeded with the execution on 22 September 2023. This action defied international law and starkly contrasted the global movement towards a moratorium on the death penalty and its eventual abolition.
The death certificate issued by Thu Phong village, Cao Phong district, Hoa Binh Province, confirmed Manh's execution at 7 A.M. on 22 September 2023. Shockingly, this execution occurred merely four days after his mother was notified by the People’s Court of Thanh Hoa, hindering any meaningful efforts to halt the execution.
The notice provided to Manh’s family lacked essential information, including the execution date. The family was also denied the opportunity for a last visit, a cruel and inhumane treatment that international human rights bodies have consistently condemned.
Le Van Manh faced accusations of robbery, rape, and murder of a 14-year-old girl, Hoang Thi Loan, in July 2005. Notably, there was no physical evidence linking him to the alleged crimes, and his conviction was primarily based on a contested "confession" letter obtained under duress and torture. Throughout the judicial process, Manh continuously asserted his innocence and denounced the charges against him.
The undersigned organizations urgently call upon the authorities in Việt Nam to:
The UN General Assembly, in its resolutions, has consistently urged all states that retain the death penalty to impose an immediate moratorium with the eventual goal of abolition. The death penalty fundamentally contravenes the right to life enshrined in Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Việt Nam is a State party. Moreover, it constitutes a cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment, prohibited under Article 7 of the ICCPR and the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).
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