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One Year Anniversary

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May 31st 2024, marked first anniversary for Hoàng Thi Minh Hồng being arrested.

Hoàng Thi Minh Hồng was formally sentenced to 3 years in prison under false charges of tax evasion following her official trial in Ho Chi Minh City on September 28th 2023, where a fine of 100 million VND was also levied.

Working closely with since the organization’s early days, Hong has impacted her colleagues and friends in the movement. Hong established an affiliate organization,, known as the Center of Hands-on Actions and Networking for Growth and Environment (CHANGE), in 2013.

CHANGE, with its numerous accomplishments, played a pivotal role in halting the development and funding of coal-fired power plants in Vietnam.

Mobilization through creative ways is Hong’s master approach, therefore we hope to have the global solidarity action to do the similar ways. Your support for her early release will be very much appreciated.



One Year Anniversary

People took action around the world to support “Free Hong, Free Them All”


May 18, 2024

Taipei, Taiwan at @228peacepark

Free Hong Action

Activists from Taiwan stand in solidarity action in front of the 228 Peace Park where lots of activists are prisoned to jailed wrongly in the past. It is to call on the government to stand in solidarity for the Free Hong campaign for Hong’s early release.

May 18, 2024

Taipei, Taiwan @Liberty Square

Free Hong Action350 Taiwan activists stand in front of the liberty square where lots of social movements happened in the past in Taipei city for many social issues.

May 22, 2024

Tokyo, Japan @Shibuya Cross

Free Hong Action350 Japan is calling for a letter of action requesting that the Japanese government lobby the Vietnamese government to demand the release of Hong and other activists. Activists gathered at the Shibuya cross as the iconic place of Tokyo for the solidarity action photo up.

May 22, 2024

Taipei, Taiwan @GreenDrinksTaipei

Free Hong ActionGreen Drinks Taipei is an environmental concern group to support climate justice, participants gathered and stand in solidarity for the FreehongFreethemall campaign.

May 28, 2024

Bangladesh @Khagrachari Mountains

Free Hong ActionYouth Activists in Khagrachari mountains stood in solidarity with the Flip the Switch campaign and Free Hong Campaign in solidarity.

May 28, 2024

Auckland, New Zealand

Free Hong Action350 Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland, NZ) members joined together at the hill of the city for the 1 year anniversary FreeHong action.

May 30, 2024

Nairobi, Kenya

Free Hong Action350 Digital Team support in solidarity for the FreeHong campaign in Nairobi, Kenya. Representatives from all regional is attended, and bring voices from around the world.

May 31, 2024

Manila, PhilippinesFree Hong Action350 PH will hold a photo-op along with Aktivasia, climate reality and Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities.

May 31, 2024

Bangkok, Thailand

Free Hong ActionSolidarity from Amnesty international volunteers for standing with climate defenders collectively and it showed the issue and community’s support to each other.

May 31, 2024

Gopalganj, Bangladesh

Free Hong ActionToday, young people from Gopalganj stood in solidarity with the Flip the Switch campaign and Free Hong Free Them all.

JUNE 1, 2024

Brussels, Belgium

Free Hong ActionActivist groups gathered for European Parliament Elections (EP), from June 6th to 9th, uniting voices to prioritize the need for climate action and stand in solidarity for the FreeHong Campaign. (event link)

JUNE 4, 2024

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Free Hong ActionYoung people from Dhaka today stood in solidarity with the Free Hong campaign.

JUNE 14, 2024

Bonn UNFCCC, Germany

Free Hong ActionActivists gathered for the intersession meeting for UNFCCC, and Civil society gathered for the solidation actions for #FreeHongFreeThemAll. Hong’s case was mentioned during the event along with other climate defenders across the globe for standing in solidarity.

JUNE 19, 2024

Global JETP Principle Working Group, Virtual

Free Hong ActionGlobal JETP Principle network worked on the press conference together for the launch of the Vietnam JETP report with the Vietnam Climate Defender Coalition.

JUNE 19, 2024

Asia Network Council, Virtual

Free Hong ActionThe Asia Network Council, a groups of activist from Asia on climate, shows their solidarity online.

JUNE 19, 2024

Oil Watch Southeast Asia Gathering, Penang, Malaysia

Oilwatch Southeast Asia, is a network promoting solidarity and a common identity among the peoples of the Global South to stop the expansion of fossil fuel extraction activities that degrade territories both socially and environmentally.


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Take action to call for Hoàng Thị Minh Hồng’s release and stand in solidarity with all climate defenders.

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Free Hong, Free Them All

Take action to call for Hoàng Thị Minh Hồng’s release and stand in solidarity with all climate defenders. 

Vietnam's bold climate ambitions were achieved through the unwavering efforts of climate defenders like Hồng. The alarming detentions of these brave individuals not only jeopardize climate action within Vietnam but also undermine the country's crucial role as a heavily climate-impacted nation and emerging economy.

We must call for a just and equitable response to climate change, one that empowers civil society to meaningfully participate in the development and monitoring of climate deals, without fear of persecution.

Stand with us as we strive for a better future, where climate justice prevails and all voices are heard.


July 2023 Ghana, Africa

Activists from Africa show solidarity, demanding the release of Hồng.


Learn more at Protect Climate Activists on this campaign, or you can read these news stories:

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News Articles

Vietnam: outcry after leading climate activist arrested, accused of tax evasion

Critics say allegations against Hoàng Thị Minh Hồng are politically motivated, coming amid similar prosecutions against other environmental activists


Vietnam faces criticism for arresting climate activist as it closes clean energy deal

A prominent climate activist in Vietnam was detained on Wednesday in what human rights experts say is the latest case of the country's ruling Communist Party suppressing civil society.


US, UN slam arrest of prominent Vietnamese environmental activist

Hoàng Thị Minh Hồng is the fifth prominent climate rights defender arrested for alleged tax evasion in the last two years.


COP28 must uphold rights of climate activists in Asia and beyond

Readers discuss activists’ role in the transition to renewable energy, Hong Kong’s plans to build a third medical school, and confusing date formats in public service messages

Video Documentation



Vietnam’s Climate Prisoners

Together with our friends and allies at the Movement Law Lab and Human Rights Watch, we hosted a webinar at the Climate Week NYC to highlight the importance of protecting climate leaders and deep dive into the troubling pattern of persecution of environmental and climate activists.

Paris, French

Together with networks of supporters, activists demand to stop the prosecutions of all environmental defenders like Hoàng Thị Minh Hồng.


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Actions Around the World

June 2023, New Zealand

Asia Solidarity Lab Fellowship, 2023

August 2023, Greece

December 2023, COP28 Press Conference with Speakers

December 2023, COP28 Press Conference

Asia Solidarity Lab Online, September 2023

November 2023, Asia Pacific Climate Week

November 2023, APEC Meeting

Asia Solidarity Lab, Bangkok

June 2023, Bonn