News | International
25 Nov 2017 0:00
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    Mother Mushroom: Daughter of jailed Vietnamese blogger appeals to Melania Trump for help during APEC visit

    The 11-year-old daughter of a well-known activist and political prisoner in Vietnam has appealed to Melania Trump during a visit to the country to help free her mother from custody.


    The 11-year-old daughter of a well-known activist and political prisoner in Vietnam has appealed to Melania Trump to help free her mother from custody.

    Nguyen Ng?c Nhu Quynh, better known as Mother Mushroom, is one of the Vietnamese government's most famous critics, and blogs about environmental issues and deaths in police custody.

    Mother Mushroom was given an award by Ms Trump on behalf of the US State Department earlier this year for her activism, but could not accept it because she was in pre-trial detention.

    She was sentenced to 10 years in prison just a few months later for speaking out against the Government.

    Now her daughter, 11-year-old Nam, wants the First Lady to take action during the US President's visit to the APEC summit being held in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang.

    Ms Trump will not accompany her husband on the trip to Vietnam and has stayed behind in China.

    "My mother is a good person and she always wants to protect other people," Nam told the ABC.

    "I know the first lady also has children and so as a mother, I think the first lady would understand this story and could help my family."

    In a handwritten note on Facebook to Ms Trump, Nam pleaded for help from the White House.

    "The only thing I want is my mum to come back to my family and be re-united," it read.

    "I have been so sad and lonely and I didn't want to study any more."

    Vietnam cracking down on dissent

    Phil Robertson from Human Rights Watch has campaigned for Mother Mushroom's release.

    "Mother Mushroom is a very popular blogger who has been courageously criticising the government on various issues related to corruption," Mr Robertson said.

    "There's been a direct appeal to raise the issue with Melania because Mother Mushroom received an award from the State Department last year."

    Human Rights Watch says there has been a surge of arrests and jailings in the lead up to APEC, and has released a list of 105 political prisoners.

    But human rights is unlikely to figure much on the agenda of world leaders at APEC, who are much more focused on sealing trade deals and regional security.

    Mr Robertson said authoritarian nations like Vietnam had been emboldened by countries like Australia and the United States downplaying human rights issues.

    "It is clear the government of Vietnam has embarked on a mission to round up the ringleaders of various civil society movements which have been criticising the government on different grounds," he said.

    "This is going to continue as long as the international community continues to avert their eyes and remain silent."

    While her mother has been in prison, Nam is living with her grandmother and four-year-old brother, Bear.

    © 2017 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved


     Other International News
     24 Nov: Kim Kardashian, Rihanna throw support behind jailed teen Cyntoia Brown
     24 Nov: Rohingya refugees weigh people smuggler offers rather than return to Myanmar
     24 Nov: Korean family reunions: could you wait 67 years to see your family again?
     24 Nov: Rohingya crisis: Push for contraception, even sterilisation, as Bangladesh struggles with refugee influx
     23 Nov: Now that Charles Manson is dead, what will happen to his body?
     23 Nov: Car crashes into Joondalup Health Campus hospital, several injured
     23 Nov: Manus Island: PNG authorities move in and tell men to leave detention centre
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    All Blacks fear factor missing: Gatland More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    NZ shares mixed; Ryman and Stride gain More...



     Today's News

    Law and Order:
    Kim Kardashian, Rihanna throw support behind jailed teen Cyntoia Brown 22:27

    Law and Order:
    New charge in HB indecent assault case 21:57

    Entertainment:
    Scott Weiland left behind music and sports memorabilia worth thousands after his death 21:50

    Entertainment:
    Nick Jonas is "in no rush" to start a family 21:20

    Soccer:
    Rested Phoenix primed for Mariners 21:17

    Entertainment:
    Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish are bringing their son home from the hospital 20:50

    Golf:
    Day makes his move at Australian Open golf 20:27

    Entertainment:
    Nathan Followill and Jesse Baylin are expecting their second child 20:20

    Entertainment:
    Gerard Butler has adopted a stray dog he found "up a mountain in Bulgaria" 19:50

    Entertainment:
    Miley Cyrus has been gifted a rainbow necklace by her fiancé Liam Hemsworth in honour of her 25th birthday 19:20


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd