VIET NAM: First prisoner executed by lethal injection

ADPAN regrets the resumption of executions in Viet Nam

Viet Nam has executed its first prisoner since January 2012, using lethal injection.

Nguyen Anh Tuan, convicted for the murder of a woman in 2010, was reportedly executed on Tuesday 6 August in Ha Noi Police Prison.  He is the first prisoner to be executed by lethal injection in Viet Nam since the country changed its method of execution from firing squad to lethal injection in 2011. 

This execution follows an eighteen month pause in executions in the country due to difficulties in obtaining the required chemicals because of an EU ban on the export of drugs used in the administration of the death penalty.

ADPAN is concerned that this execution could lead to the large-scale resumption of executions in Viet Nam and urges the government to heed calls for a moratorium.

According to media reports, there are currently 586 people on death row in Viet Nam.  At least 116 have had their legal appeals finalized.  Viet Nam does not publish statistics on its use of the death penalty, classifying such information as a ‘state secret’.  In 2009, as part of the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Viet Nam rejected a recommendation “to take steps to abolish the death penalty and increase transparency around its use.”

ADPAN appeals to the Vietnamese government to halt all executions and institute a formal moratorium on the death penalty with a view to complete abolition.

ADPAN opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances.

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