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(ICC) – The government of Vietnam is stepping up its persecution of minority Christians, according to detailed accounts received recently by Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom. Sources in Vietnam have provided the Center with new accounts of persecution against Hmong Christians, including recent death threats which have prompted many to leave the country in recent months. Hmong Christians have suffered from discrimination at the hands of the Vietnamese government for over two decades. The persecution is characterized by beatings, torture, arrests, brutality against women and children, and now death threats. The emergence of the new evidence coincides with the 30th anniversary on Saturday, April 30, of the fall of Saigon to communist North Vietnamese forces. According to the reports, more than 100 Hmong Christians have fled the country over the last two months. The evidence consists of tape recorded interviews, handwritten testimony of Hmong leaders, and documentation identifying the names and positions of many of the Vietnamese officials implicated in the persecution.