Imprisoned Pastor’s son faces death threats in Vietnam because of his faith
Prior to International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) Vietnamese service spoke to several human rights groups to learn about the erosion of human rights in the country. These groups, including Human Rights Watch, comment that the situation in Vietnam is deteriorating, especially in the global economic turmoil and COVID-19 epidemic.
Among the offences, the communist regime’s ongoing persecution against Christians, especially those with an ethnic minority background, was mentioned. According to RFA, Pastor Y Yich of Dak Doa town, Gia Lai province, who is ethnic Montagnard, is serving twelve-year jail in An Phuoc prison, Binh Duong province.
Mr Mrui, son of Pastor Y Yich said, “My dad was arrested in 2013, for opposing the state. Authorities forced him to abandon his faith.”
He added that the prison officers beat his father—all his teeth fell out as a result, he is frail. “My family suffers from serious hardship, the Vietnamese authorities oppresses and not respecting [sic] the human rights of Vietnamese ethnic minorities,” he said.
In addition, according to the Vietnamese People’s Evangelical Fellowship (VPEF), Pastor Y Yich has been denied medical treatment for high blood pressure, rheumatism, and stomach inflammation. Prison authorities have refused to deliver medicine to him, which was brought to the facility by his family.