Pham Doan Trang
“You cannot be afraid,” says Pham Doan Trang, who will be awarded the Homo Homini prize for the courage she employs while tirelessly pursuing a democratic change within her country, despite harassment and persecution.
Pham Doan Trang is a human rights defender, blogger and journalist. She is the founder of online magazine Luật Khoa on law and human rights and a member of the editorial board of newly launched The Vietnamese, an independent news website aiming to raise public awareness about human rights situation and politics in Vietnam. She recently published “Politics for All”, a book promoting citizen participation, and authored in 2008 a book on Vietnam’s LGBTI community’s demands for equal rights. In 2012, after being arrested and interrogated, she published the recording of her interrogation and had to leave the country for a while.