Legal Initiatives for VIETNAM co-director Trinh Huu Long weighs in on the recognition of his mentor, ally and friend, Pham Doan Trang, who recently, was proclaimed as one of the 2022 Laureates of the Martin Ennals Awards, considered as the Nobel for Human Rights.


Jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang was named this week as a recipient of the 2022 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, the first rights activist from Vietnam to be given the award.

Trang, now serving a nine-year sentence in Vietnam for spreading “propaganda against the state,” was one of three activists selected this year by a jury of leading human rights NGOs and received the recognition in absentia, a personal representative told RFA after the announcement ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.

“This award is a recognition not only from human rights organizations, but also from authorities in the city of Geneva for Pham Doan Trang’s efforts, and it confirms that everything she did was correct,” said Trinh Huu Long, editor-in-chief of Luat Khoa [Law] magazine.

“We need to protect people like Pham Doan Trang and continue what she started,” Long said. “We also need many more like Pham Doan Trang in order to bring about positive change in the human rights landscape in Vietnam.”