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24 House Church Montagnard Degar Christian Arrested

BACKGROUND: The indigenous Montagnard Degar Peoples have suffered decades of persecution by the Vietnamese communist government, namely; confiscation of their ancestral lands, Christian religious repression, torture, killings and imprisonment. In May 2006 the US State Department has continued to maintain Vietnam on the “watch list” of countries that are the worst violators of religious freedom. To date over 350 Degar prisoners remain in Vietnamese prisons for charges involving standing up for their human rights, for spreading Christianity or for fleeing to Cambodia . Vietnamese security forces continue arresting and torturing House Church Montagnards throughout the Central Highlands.

9/14/2006 Vietnam (Montagnard Foundation) The Vietnamese government is manipulating the international community by pretending they are respecting human rights by releasing a few prisoners in order to convince the United States government to approve PNTR and the world to support them in accession to the WTO. The Montagnard Foundation however, believes that when the Vietnamese government enters the WTO it will reject the promises made earlier to respect human rights and only oppress its people stronger. This is the same strategy they used during the Vietnam War with the United States where they conducted diplomacy and armed aggression simultaneously against South Vietnam . This led to the erosion of the political will to continue fighting communism in Vietnam , Laos and Cambodia . Vietnam is luring the international business community with the opportunity to make money in Vietnam by promising they will respect human rights. In the Central Highlands, however, as the following arrests indicate Vietnam seems intent on continuing the ethnic cleansing of our people. Thus we appeal to the international community who deal with Vietnam to use their influence to stop Vietnam from destroying our race. The more the Vietnamese government represses the people, the more support we the Montagnard Foundation receives from inside the central highlands. The Vietnamese government cannot and will not destroy our spirit.

LIST OF ARRESTED HOUSE CHURCH CHRISTIANS

  1. On August 28, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Rmah Pruih, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1952, from Ploi Thoh Hnueng village, commune Ia Phang, Cu Se District, GiaLai Province .

  1. On August 28, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian and MFI supporter Brother, Rmah Lil, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1978, from Ploi Roh village, Ia Blang commune, Cu Se district, Gialai province.

  1. On August 27, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Siu Bo and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1960, from Ploi Tung Kreh village, Ia Greng commune, Cu Se District, Gia Lai Province .

  1. On August 27, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Siu Blol, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1962, from the village of Ploi Tung Kreh , commune of Ia Greng, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai .

  1. On August 20, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Siu Kuan, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1981, from the village of Ploi Ken Hmek , Ia Ale commune, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai .

  1. On August 20, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Ksor Gon, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1984, from Ploi Ken Hmek village, commune of Ia Ale, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai .

  1. On August 20, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Siu U, and and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1982, from Ploi Ken Hmek village, commune of Ia Ale, Cu Se district, GiaLai province.

  1. On August 14, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Rahlan Brim, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1960, from Ploi Pham O village, commune Bongong, Cu Se district, Gialai Province .

  1. On August 12, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Rahlan Brong, while he was trying to run for his life to Cambodia and is now imprisoned Pleiku city. He was born in 1977, from the village of Ploi O Dot , commune of Ia Bang, district of Dakdoa in Gialai province.

  1. On August 2, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Brot Din, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. The police beat him with batons the entire way from his house until they threw him in their car. We greatly fear he will be tortured more in prison. He was born in 1980, from the village of Ploi Sul , commune of Dun, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai .

  1. On August 2, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Rahlan Iem, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. The police beat him with batons the entire way from his house until they threw him in their car. We greatly fear he will be tortured more in prison. He was born in 1959, from the village of Ploi Tao Kuk , commune of Dun, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai .

  1. On August 2, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Rahlan Kong, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. The police beat him with batons the entire way from his house until they threw him in their car. We greatly fear he will be tortured more in prison. He was born in 1978, from the village of Ploi Tao Rong , commune of Dun, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai .

  1. On August 2, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Rahlan Yo, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. The police beat him with batons the entire way from his house until they threw him in their car. We greatly fear he will be tortured more in prison. He was born in 1977, from the village of Ploi Tao Rong , commune of Dun, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai .

  1. On July 31, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother RAHLAN NGOAN and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1979, from Ploi Kueng Thoa village, commune of Dun, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai .

  1. On July 31, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother RAHLAN SUAN and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1980, from Ploi Kueng Thoa village, commune of Dun, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai .

  1. On July 31, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother RAHLAN GU and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1980, from Ploi Kueng Thoa village, Dun commune, Cu Se district, Gialai province.

  1. On July 27, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother KSOR HUI and imprisoned him at an unknown location because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1983, from the village of Ploi Com Aneh , commune of Cu Hgrong, city of Pleiku and province of Gialai .

  1. On July 27, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother KANG at his house and imprisoned him in the commune of Ia Pet and then sent him the prison in Gialai province. The reason for his arrest was because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1984, from the village of Ploi Nglom Thung , commune of Ia Pet, district of Dakdoa in the province of Gialai .

  1. On July 25, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother DOC at his house and imprisoned him at an unknown location because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. His family fear for his life. He was born in 1985, from Ploi Nglom Thung village, Ia Pet commune, Dakdao district, Gialai province.

  1. On July 25, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother THAN at his house and imprisoned him at an unknown location because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. His family fears for his life. He was born in 1980, from Ploi Nglom Thung village, commune of Ia Pet, DakDoa district, Gialai province. He had also been arrested and tortured once before in 2004.

  1. On July 25, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother BLEK at his house and imprisoned him at an unknown location because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. His family fears for his life. He was born in 1978, from Ploi Nglom Thung village, commune of Ia Pet, district of Dakdoa in the province of Gialai . He had been arrested and tortured once in 2002 but was released and this time he was arrested on the second time.

  1. On July 23, 2006 Vietnamese police summoned our Christian Brother, Rahlan Suan to their station in the commune of Ia Pet. He was arrested when he arrived there and they sent him to the province of Gialai but his whereabouts are unknown. The reason of the arrest was because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1984, from the village of Ploi Nglom Thung , commune of Ia Pet, district of Dakdoa in the province of Gialai . His father, Suoc, was shot in the leg by the Vietnamese soldiers on March 23, 2003 and died in captivity as he was beaten by police in custody and his skull was fractured.

  1. On July 15, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Siu Nang, and and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. The police beat him with batons the entire way from his house until they threw him in their car. He was born in 1966, from Ploi Du Pah village, Ia Kla commune, Cu Se district, Gialai province. He had also been previously arrested on January 6, 2006 but later released after he had been tortured by the police.

  1. On June 28, 2006 Vietnamese police arrested our Christian Brother, Puih Kro, and imprisoned him at Cu Se district because he is a House Church Christian and MFI supporter. He was born in 1984, from the village of Ploi Hnueng , commune of Ia Phang, district of Cu Se in the province of Gialai .