As a result, Nguyen Huu Vinh has been questioned by police numerous times and is under close surveillance. He has also been assaulted twice; most recently, in July 2012, he was attacked by knife-wielding thugs after taking part in, and blogging about an anti-China rally in Hanoi.
In September Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) expressed concern over the sentencing of three Catholic bloggers whose heavy sentences highlight a broader pattern of restriction on freedom of expression in Vietnam. Human Rights Watch has criticized the Government of Vietnam for suppressing freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and for persecuting those who question or criticize the government.
Andrew Johnston, Advocacy Director at CSW said: "We congratulate Mr Nguyen Huu Vinh on receiving this prestigious award for his dedicated writing on human rights and freedom of religion in Vietnam. As the government continues to restrict freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, writers like Nguyen Huu Vinh play a crucial role in monitoring and spreading information about the actions of those in authority. CSW calls on the Government of Vietnam to cease harassment of human rights activists in Vietnam and to release all religious and political prisoners of conscience".