BERLIN – Vietnamese human rights activist Nguyen Van Dai and his assistant Le Thu Ha, who were released from prison in their home country, had safely arrived in Germany along with the activist’s wife, the German foreign ministry said on Friday.
The activists were on Thursday released from jail in Vietnam, where they had been imprisoned for attempting to overthrow the state.
“The German government welcomes the release of Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thu Ha,” German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr said at a press conference.
“We see it as remarkable humanitarian step from the Vietnamese side and a good signal to the international community,” she added.
On April 5, six human rights activists were sentenced in Vietnam to between seven and 15 years of imprisonment, followed by a period of house arrest.
Van Dai, 48, founder of the organization Brotherhood for Democracy in 2013, was awarded the longest sentence of them all – 15 years imprisonment and five years of house arrest.
Van Dai and Thu Ha, both human rights lawyers, were detained in 2015 while trying to meet with representatives of the European Union ahead of talks on human rights between the EU and Vietnam.