The harassment of a Vietnamese Christian human rights activist, whose husband, pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence, has become ‘intolerable’ reports CSW.
Hong says she was severely beaten by security agents trying to extract information about her March meeting with a US delegation led by David Saperstein, ambassador at-large on International Religious Freedom, during his recent visit to Vietnam and Thailand.
‘So far my whole body hurts and it has still been too painful to work. I am still taking medicine,‘ Hong said, as reported by UCAN.
Twenty-nine international religious and human rights groups have called on the Vietnamese government to conduct an extensive probe into the alleged torture of Hong.
The Exec. Secretary of the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights said that Vietnam’s new ‘Law on Belief and Religion,’ scheduled to come into effect this year, will add another layer of governmental repression and control to an already pressurised Church. ‘This law is not a law on religion; it’s just a law on how to manage the control of religion,’ he said.
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Thanking God for this statement calling on Vietnam’s government to investigate allegations of torture of Tran Thi Hong and for her physical and emotional restoration.
- For the release of Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh and other prisoners detained for defending the freedom of religion or belief and other human rights
- That the authorities will end its harassment, intimidation and violence against unregistered religious communities and against bloggers, religious leaders, lawyers and activists seeking to promote human rights in Vietnam.