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( & Freedom House) – Four Hmong Christians who organized and led weekly worship services in a house church in Vietnam ’s remote province of Ha Giang have now been officially sentenced for the vague offense of “disturbing public order.” According to information just obtained by Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom, the four Hmong Christians were sentenced to terms of 26 to 36 months in late March 2004. The men were arrested in November and December of 2003. The Center for Religious Freedom obtained a copy of a lengthy document of accusations against them which described meetings of 50 or 60 people taking place over six consecutive Sundays. The four are: Ly Chin Sang, age 60, a Christian since 1991, sentenced to 36 months. His wife is Giang Thi Ca and they have a 19-year-old son living at home. Ly Sin Quang, 28, son of Ly Chin Sang, above, has also been a Christian since 1991. He and his wife, Vang Thi Da, have four young children. [No length of sentence given]. Vang Chin Sang, age 56, sentenced to 36 months and a Christian since 1999, is married to Ma Thi Pang. They have a 13-year-old son at home. Vang My Ly, age 24, has been a Christian since 1991. Due to international pressure, Vietnamese authorities have recently begun to avoid referring to Christianity when making charges against believers, using the term “illegal religion” instead. The government recognizes as legitimate only Christians who were believers before the 1954 communist revolution.