Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Vietnam
Despite the recent release of famed religious and political dissident, Father Ly, the human rights situation in Vietnam remains bleak. The U.S. Department of State's 2009 Human Rights Report on Vietnam states that "during the year the government increased its suppression of dissent" and "the government severely restricted freedom of association."
Additionally, reports indicated that mobs which included undercover police officers and Communist Party officials terrorized and assaulted monks and nuns at Phuoc Hue pagoda in Lam Dong province for three days in December. Montagnard Christians and Catholics have also come under increased pressure over the past year. These instances are indicative of a troubling pattern of abuses of human rights and religious freedom.
If you have any questions, please contact 202-225-3599.
The Honorable Anh "Joseph" Cao, member of Congress, 2nd District of Louisiana
Michael Cromartie, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Y Hin Nie, Montagnard Christians
Sister Dang Nghiem, Deer Park Monastery
Sophie Richardson, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
Dr. Binh Nguyen, Founding Chair, International Protection for Prisoners of Conscience
Dr. Quan Nguyen, Director, Internet Radio Broadcasting to Vietnam: Rallying for Democracy