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Vietnamese Pastors and Followers Vow To Self-Immolate

Harassed and forbidden to celebrate Christmas by police on Christmas Eve 2011, Mennonite Pastors Pham Ngoc Thach, Nguyen Hong Quang and almost 200 followers in Thu Duc District, Binh Duong Province vow to immolate themselves if the police did not cease their suppression campaign against their church. The Vietnamese government mobilized police, army, and security […]

Human Rights Watch Calls On Vietnam to Free Religious Activists Immediately

September 30, 2011 (New York) – Vietnamese authorities should immediately end their crackdown on religious activists and free 15 people detained for expressing their beliefs, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests, primarily targeting Catholic Redemptorists, are a new blot on the country’s already problematic record on freedom of religion. The current wave of arrests […]


The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Ban, Chief Representative of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) in Dong Nai province, has sent an urgent news release about police using intimidating tactics against his temple’s visitors and tried to block him from joining Ullambana Celebration in Saigon. The News Release reads: “At midnight August 11, 2011, […]

Mennonite Christian Pastor Arrested, Assaulted by Police in Saigon, Vietnam.

Paster Pham Ngoc Thach of Vietnam Mennonite Christian Church was arrested, handcuffed, and assaulted by police before being led away on Saturday night, June 25, 2011. According to Mrs. Nguyen Thanh Nu, Pastor Pham’s wife, police cuffed the Pastor’s hands and feet, spit on his face, called him a dog (Pastor Pham told her that […]

Life-long human rights defender Vo Van Ai awarded Special Prize for Freedom

Paris, 22 June 2011 – Dr. Vo Van Ai, a life-long independent Vietnamese human rights defender, has been awarded the 2011 Special Prize for Freedom (Premio Speciale alla Liberta) by the Italian organisation Società Libera. The Prize will be presented in Lucca, Italy on June 24, 2011. Dr. Vo is the President and founder of […]

USCIRF: Place Vietnam In the List of Country of Particular Concerns!

In its annual report for 2011, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said that the government of Vietnam continued to suppress religious freedom and deserved to be put back in the list of Country of Particular Concerns (CPC) for serious violations of religious freedom. According to the report “The government of Vietnam continues […]

UBCV Member Temple in San Jose, CA Celebrated Vesak 2555

On Sunday May 22, 2011, members of Bao Phuoc temple (, a member temple of the Unified Buddhsit Church of Vietnam (UBCV) located at 270 Senter Road, San Jose, California, celebrated Vesak 2555 and the laying of the first brick to build the temple’s main hall. At 10AM, the ceremony to lay the first brick […]

Reactions To The New Year Message By The Most Venerable Thich Quang Do and Situations at UBCV’s Giac Minh Temple in Danang City

In an interview with the Vietnamese Buddhist Radio ( on Friday February 25, 2011, the Most Venerable Thich Thanh Quang, Chief Representative of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) in Quang Nam – Danang and Head of the UBCV Youth Bureau, reported the reactions by young Buddhists in Danang city to the New Year […]

Human Rights Watch Slams Vietnam’s Record on Religious Freedom In Its Annual Report

Freedom of Religion The government restricts religious practices through legislation, registration requirements, harassment, and surveillance. A special centrally directed police unit (A41) monitors groups the authorities consider religious “extremists.” Religious groups are required to register with the government and operate under government-controlled management boards. The government bans any religious activity deemed to oppose “national interests,” […]

Persecution Watchers Keeping Closer Eye on Vietnam

by Jennifer LeClaire – Charisma magazine Tuesday, 25 January 2011 It’s a sad day when governments use Christmas as a vehicle for persecuting believers. Of course, it’s not a new strategy. But it’s one that the Vietnamese government used in December—and it’s causing persecution watchers to start monitoring Vietnam more closely again. According to International […]

WSJ: Vietnam Plays Rough

Illustrating the relationship between rights abuses at home and diplomacy abroad. Vietnam’s government is attracting unwelcome attention after a security officer manhandled an American diplomat this week in the central city of Hue. The case is a warning to Hanoi of the challenges it will face in trying to forge closer ties with the U.S. […]

Viet Nam: Supreme Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang, a life committed to human rights

The Venerable Thich Huyen Quang, Supreme Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Viet Nam (UBCV), and a prisoner of conscience for many years, passed away on 5 July 2008. He was 87 years old and had been suffering from poor health for several months. He died at the Nguyen Thieu Monastery in Binh Dinh […]

The Noble Mission of a Vietnamese Monk

By Thor Halvorssen SAIGON, Vietnam — Mention Vietnam and most people imagine American helicopter gunships flying through the Mekong Delta mowing down Viet Cong soldiers. That war ended in April of 1975 when Ho Chi Minh’s forces entered Saigon in triumph. The American helicopters are still here at the War Remnants Museum, along with a […]