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Employment History

Writer

Viet Tan

Bodyguard

Ho Chi Minh

Bodyguard

Vietnamese army

Director

Marxist-Leninist Institute

Bodyguard

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Education



Hanoi School of Performing Arts

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Tran Dung Tien - Writer - viettan.org

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Tran Dung Tien - Writer

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Born October 1, 1929, Tran Dung Tien is a long-time Communist Party member and military veteran.From 1946-47, he was a bodyguard for Ho Chi Minh.
Tran Dung Tien is typical of the growing number of life long revolutionaries who have come to regret the policies of the Vietnamese Communist Party and the wasted sacrifices for the war and socialism.
In an open letter to Party and government leaders on April 1, 1998, he asked why the social ills that plagued Vietnam during the colonial era such as corruption, abuse of power, and contempt for the people, still persisted half a century later in a supposedly independent Vietnam.
In May 1998, Tran Dung Tien became yet another party veteran to protest openly the Communist Party's orchestrated campaign against retired general Tran Do who in January 1998 released a 13-page letter advocating political reform.In a letter titled, "Ill-Manner or Insolence?," Tran Dung Tien took issue with the Party publishing in the official daily Nhan Dan (People) a letter claimed to have been written by a Vietnamese in the U.S., lecturing Tran Do on, among other things, self-respect and Party discipline.In a letter titled, "Ill-Manner or Insolence?," Tran Dung Tien took issue with the Party publishing in the official daily Nhan Dan (People) a letter claimed to have been written by a Vietnamese in the U.S., lecturing Tran Do on, among other things, self-respect and Party discipline.
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Tran Dung Tien wrote: "How could the Ideology and Culture Office of the Vietnamese Communist Party Central Committee solemnly print the letter by ‘a person' who signed as Hoai Viet from California.Who is he?"Judging by the tone, it is believed that the letter by the concerned individual from California was written by the Party's own Culture and Ideology Office.When Gen.Tran Do was expelled from the Communist Party, Tran Dung Tien quit his party membership in protest.
On January 22, 2003, Tran Dung Tien was arrested by public security in Hanoi.He was taken away after writing an essay protesting the arrests of Pham Que Duong and Tran Khue.In the essay, Tran Dung Tien also reported that authorities had confiscated a list with names of people who had joined the Citizens' Association Against Corruption.These individuals are now under threat of persecution themselves.
On November 12, 2003, Tran Dung Tien was given a ten month retroactive prison sentence covering the time under detention.He currently is under police surveillance at home.


PRESS RELEASE: Exiled Prince of Vietnam challeges the Government to provide Religious Freedom for the People of Vietnam

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Tran Dung Tien is a long-time Communist Party member and military veteran. From 1946-47, he was a bodyguard for Ho Chi Minh. On January 22, 2003, Tran Dung Tien was arrested by public security in Hanoi. He was taken away after writing an essay protesting the arrests of Pham Que Duong and Tran Khue. In the essay, Tran Dung Tien also reported that authorities had confiscated a list with names of people who had joined the Citizens' Association Against Corruption. These individuals are now under threat of persecution themselves. Tran Dung Tien's whereabouts are currently unknown to his family.

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In January 1999, Pham Que Duong publicly renounced his membership in the Communist Party to protest the expulsion of former general Tran Do from the Party a few days before. In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Pham Que Duong confirmed his action and also revealed that many other high-ranking military personnel shared his feelings and were supportive of Gen. Tran Do's position. On May 19, 2000, Pham Que Duong joined with four other pro-democracy activists (Hoang Minh Chinh, Nguyen Thanh Giang, Hoang Tien and Tran Dung Tien) in an unprecedented joint appeal to the Vietnam National Assembly to protest the government's persecution of the writer Ha Sy Phu and to call for true democracy.


VIETNAMESE DEMOCRACY FORUM - VIETNAMESE PEOPLE'S SOCIETY OF ANTI-CORRUPTION

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is gravely concerned about the safety of 73-year-old Tran Dung Tien, who was arrested on January 22, 2003, after writing an open letter calling for the release of imprisoned activists Pham Que Duong and Tran Khue.

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At about 10:30 a.m. on January 22, Tien was arrested at a photocopy shop in the capital, Hanoi, according to his wife, Duong Kim Hop.
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On January 20, Tien had distributed an open letter addressed to government leaders and the media calling for the release of imprisoned democracy activists Pham Que Duong and Tran Khue, who were arrested in late December 2002 after meeting at Khueâ€s home in Ho Chi Minh City.
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In his January 20 letter, Tien wrote, "I sincerely wish that patriots, those enamored of rights and justice, intellectuals, and former comrades-in-arms, including truly revolutionary military men, will all raise their voices to demand ... that Colonel Pham Que Duong and scholar Tran Khue be released at once.
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Tien is a former soldier in the Vietnamese army who served as a bodyguard to revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh in the 1940s.In recent years, he has written a number of open letters and essays calling for political reform and analyzing the failures of the communist leadership.On November 8, 2002, Tien was briefly detained after protesting the trial of Internet essayist Le Chi Quang, who was sentenced to four years in prison for his writings.
During the last year, several Vietnamese writers have been harassed, placed under tight surveillance, and imprisoned for publishing independent viewsâ€"part of a broad crackdown aimed at silencing dissent.CPJ respectfully reminds Your Excellency that the right to freedom of expression is guaranteed both by the Vietnamese Constitution and by the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Vietnam is a signatory.
As a nonpartisan organization of journalists dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide, CPJ condemns your governmentâ€s detention of Tran Dung Tien and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.


Text: Two Sides to Every Story: Perspectives on the Vietnam War and the Iraq War

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Communist Party members, even communist war time heroes such as General Tran Do, Ho Chi Minh's former bodyguard Tran Dung Tien, Director of the Marxist-Leninist Institute Hoang Minh Chinh have been locked up, persecuted, put under house arrest for advocating real democracy.


Que Me : Action for Democracy in Vietnam

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Last week in Hanoi, Tran Dung Tien, the former bodyguard of revolutionary Ho Chi Minh who turned democracy campaigner, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for "abusing democratic freedoms".

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