Chau Van Kham, a 72 year old Vietnamese Australian and retired baker, was detained within hours of arriving in Vietnam in 2019 and sentenced to 12 years in prison for being a member of the political party, Viet Tan. Amnesty considers him a prisoner of conscience.
Vietnamese New Year, known as Tết, is on 12 February, and it is a time celebrated with food and loved ones. However, Mr Chau will not be celebrating; he will remain alone in a Vietnamese prison.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Reach out to your local Vietnamese restaurants and bakeries, and ask if they could place a poster and petition for Mr Chau on their premises.
Remind them that Mr Chau will be spending Tet alone, and ask that they join the call to bring Mr Chau safely back to Australia so he can be with his family.
Together, our voices are powerful, and a show of support from the Vietnamese Australian community will make a huge difference.
Make a time to pick up the signed petitions in March, and have another conversation about how they may like to do more. Post signed petitions back to: Locked Bag 23, Broadway NSW 2007 Australia
Note: If you have already been collecting actions for Mr Chau, please send us back any petitions or letters for Mr Chau you already have. You can keep using the Write for Rights materials, as we are continuing to work for Mr Chau until he is free.