Vietnam Authorities Continue Torturing Wife of Jailed Pastor

Mrs. Hong was severely beaten by Hoa Lu ward police on April 14
Neighbors are giving assistance for Mrs. Hong on April 14 after she was severely beaten by Hoa Lu ward police

[themify_box style=”blue, announcement, rounded” ]Police officers in Hoa Lu ward had severely beaten her many times during interrogation in the local police station in the past few months. They have also threatened her children who are between five and 13 years old.[/themify_box]

By Vu Quoc Ngu, May 28, 2016

Defend the Defenders: Security forces in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Gia Lai have continued harassing Mrs. Tran Thi Hong, the wife of imprisoned Protestant pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, said the Vietnam-U.S. Lutheran Alliance Church.

In the mornings of May 27 and 28, police officers in Hoa Lu ward of Pleiku city broke the door of the private residence of Mrs. Hong and violently took her to the police station for interrogation after she refused to go there as they requested, Secretary Pastor Nguyen Hoang Hoa from Vietnam-U.S. Lutheran Alliance Church’s Executive Committee cited her son Nguyen Tran Cong Huy as saying.

Earlier on the evening of May 26, Hong informed Hoa that she had been summoned by the local authorities but she would not go there.

Police said they will continue to harass her until she makes written statement which would say her reports about persecution against her family are wrong

Mrs. Hong has been in police’s constant persecution and harassment since April after she met with U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David N. Saperstein and other American diplomats on March 30 to report about her husband’s situation in prison as well as harassment against her and children in the past several years.

Police officers in Hoa Lu ward had severely beaten her many times during interrogation in the local police station in the past few months. They have also threatened her children who are between five and 13 years old.

Mrs. Hong said security forces in Gia Lai have maintained close surveillance over her house and intimidated the family in the past ten years. They had severely beaten Pastor Chinh and her wife many times before sentencing him with an 11-year imprisonment in 2012 on charge of undermining national security under Article 87 of the country’s Penal Code.

Since putting him in jail, police have kept watch over the family, blocking foreign diplomats from visiting the pastor’s wife and children after Mr. Katherine Lawson of the U.S. Department of State visited them in Pleiku in 2014. In order to meet them, Mrs. Hong has to go to foreign diplomatic missions in Saigon, about 500 kilometers from her town.

Pastor Chinh is among the religious activists suffering most from persecution and intimidation of Vietnam’s authorities in Gia Lai and Kon Tum who demolished their church in Con R’Bàng village, Vinh Quang commune in Kon Tum.

In late April, 33 domestic and international human rights organizations and religious groups, including the London-based Amnesty International, Stockholm-based Civil Rights Defenders, and Vietnam-based Defend the Defenders, issued a joint statement to request Vietnam’s government to stop harassing Mrs. Hoa and her children.

For more details about Gia Lai police’s persecution against Mrs. Hong family, you can read at: http://www.vietnamhumanrightsdefenders.net/2016/04/14/police-in-vietnams-central-highlands-brutally-beat-wife-of-imprisoned-pastor-questioning-her-about-meeting-with-u-s-diplomats/

Security forces in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Gia Lai have continued harassing Mrs. Tran Thi Hong, the wife of imprisoned Protestant pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, said the Vietnam-U.S. Lutheran Alliance Church.

In the mornings of May 27 and 28, police officers in Hoa Lu ward of Pleiku city broke the door of the private residence of Mrs. Hong and violently took her to the police station for interrogation after she refused to go there as they requested, Secretary Pastor Nguyen Hoang Hoa from Vietnam-U.S. Lutheran Alliance Church’s Executive Committee cited her son Nguyen Tran Cong Huy as saying.

Earlier on the evening of May 26, Hong informed Hoa that she had been summoned by the local authorities but she would not go there.

Police said they will continue to harass her until she makes written statement which would say her reports about persecution against her family are wrong.

Mrs. Hong has been in police’s constant persecution and harassment since April after she met with U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David N. Saperstein and other American diplomats on March 30 to report about her husband’s situation in prison as well as harassment against her and children in the past several years.

Police officers in Hoa Lu ward had severely beaten her many times during interrogation in the local police station in the past few months. They have also threatened her children who are between five and 13 years old.

Mrs. Hong said security forces in Gia Lai have maintained close surveillance over her house and intimidated the family in the past ten years. They had severely beaten Pastor Chinh and her wife many times before sentencing him with an 11-year imprisonment in 2012 on charge of undermining national security under Article 87 of the country’s Penal Code.

Since putting him in jail, police have kept watch over the family, blocking foreign diplomats from visiting the pastor’s wife and children after Mr. Katherine Lawson of the U.S. Department of State visited them in Pleiku in 2014. In order to meet them, Mrs. Hong has to go to foreign diplomatic missions in Saigon, about 500 kilometers from her town.

Pastor Chinh is among the religious activists suffering most from persecution and intimidation of Vietnam’s authorities in Gia Lai and Kon Tum who demolished their church in Con R’Bàng village, Vinh Quang commune in Kon Tum.

In late April, 33 domestic and international human rights organizations and religious groups, including the London-based Amnesty International, Stockholm-based Civil Rights Defenders, and Vietnam-based Defend the Defenders, issued a joint statement to request Vietnam’s government to stop harassing Mrs. Hoa and her children.

For more details about Gia Lai police’s persecution against Mrs. Hong family, you can read at: http://www.vietnamhumanrightsdefenders.net/2016/04/14/police-in-vietnams-central-highlands-brutally-beat-wife-of-imprisoned-pastor-questioning-her-about-meeting-with-u-s-diplomats/