The police in Dak Lak province detained non secular freedom campaigner Y An Hdrue and a fellow worshiper as they tried to attend a Christmas service on the Evangelical Church of Christ.
The Protestant church shouldn’t be one of many nation’s accepted religions and doesn’t belong to the State-linked Vietnam Fatherland Entrance.
In response to the Montagnard Stand for Justice Fb web page, early on Sunday morning, Y An Hdrue, 52, and fellow worshiper Y Pok Eban, 37, traveled to Cuor Knia 2 village in Buon Don district’s Ea Bar commune to attend a Christmas service on the invitation of the church.
The visitors police stopped them once they arrived, demanding to see their car paperwork and driver’s licenses.
Y An Hdrue is a former prisoner of conscience who served 4 years in jail for demanding non secular freedom and preventing land grabs.
“Going to the gasoline station close to Cuor Knia village, the visitors police and safety forces stopped our motorcycle and requested to test our papers,” he informed RFA. “After checking our papers, they stated they have been pretend.”
Though Y An Hdrue informed them he had handed his driving take a look at and been given a license by the police the 2 males have been pressured to go to Ea Bar commune’s police headquarters.
“They pressured us into the commune. We have been held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. earlier than we have been allowed to go house,” he stated.
Through the 10 hours, a gaggle of 5 to 6 plainclothes policemen took turns questioning the 2 males, Y An Hdrue stated. The officers refused to provide their names, positions and locations of labor.
The police confiscated the lads’s telephones and searched via the recordsdata on them. Y An Hdrue informed RFA his telephone contained the Worldwide Human Rights Legislation and Vietnam’s Legislation on Faith and Perception in addition to some paperwork reporting human rights violations in Vietnam that he had collected and despatched to overseas human rights teams.
Earlier than they have been launched the 2 have been pressured to signal confessions.
Y An Hdrue admitted to storing details about human rights violations in Vietnam on his telephone. The police then returned their papers and ordered them to drive house, preserving their telephones.
Talking from the U.S., Pastor Aga of the Central Highlands Evangelical Church of Christ informed RFA followers in Dak Lak province had deliberate to have fun Christmas on the home of Ea Bar commune vp Y Kreek Bya.
He stated members of the congregation informed him the police warned them to not attend the service.
“The Provincial Police referred to as to threaten them, saying that in the event that they left their houses to go to Cuor Knia village the place Y Kreek Bya was, they might be despatched to jail, making them very scared and confused,” he stated. “Some folks nonetheless went and a few had their telephones and motorbikes confiscated.”
Pastor Aga stated some followers hung a celebratory banner written within the Ede language at Y Kreek’s home however native authorities despatched somebody to take it down.
Even after harassment by the police and native authorities, he stated many believers from Ea Bar commune nonetheless attended the Christmas service.
RFA referred to as the police in Buon Don district and Dak Lak province a number of occasions to attempt to confirm the knowledge, however nobody answered the telephone.
The Vietnamese authorities has repeatedly accused the Central Highlands Evangelical Church of Christ of being reactionary and anti-State.
In January the Folks’s Public Safety newspaper printed an article on its web site accusing the faith of gathering dignitaries and ethnic minority followers within the Central Highlands and the U.S. “to determine their very own faith and ethnic minority state within the Central Highlands,” a declare the Evangelical Church has denied.
On Dec. 2, the U.S. State Division included Vietnam within the group of nations on its Particular Watch Listing for non secular freedom.
The State Division stated there should not sufficient violations of spiritual freedom to label Vietnam a Nation of Explicit Concern (CPC) which is the very best degree of censure for international locations that violate non secular freedom. Nonetheless, it stated it could monitor the federal government carefully and add it to the CPC if there was no enchancment.
Translated by RFA Vietnamese. Written in English by Mike Firn.