This is not the first time Huynh Ngoc Tuan and his family have been the victims of Police harassments. In a previous incident, security agents threw two venomous snakes into the home of his eldest daughter Huynh Thuc Vyas a warning to stop her blogging activities. More recently, following pressure from the local Police, his younger daughter Huynh Khanh Vy was expelled from her lodgings just two weeks after giving birth. Her request for a scholarship to study in Australia was also blocked.
Writer and blogger Huynh Ngoc Tuan, 50, is accused by the local authorities of posting articles on the Internet which “oppose the Party and State”. In 1992, he was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for “spreading propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”. Released in 2002, but he remained under house arrest for the next four years. Since then, he and his family have suffered constant Police threats, harassments and attacks. A Buddhist, he is a member of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) which is banned by the Vietnamese government.
Huynh Ngoc Tuan and Huynh Thuc Vy were amongst five Vietnamese bloggers to be awarded the 2012 Hellman-Hammet Award for persecuted writers. His son, Huynh Trong Hieu, tried to travel to the US to accept the prize on their behalf, but he was intercepted at Tan Son Nhut airport on 16 December 2012 and banned from boarding the plane.