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ICC Note: Although the Vietnamese government publicly claims to allow complete religious freedom in the country, mountains of evidence prove this simply isn’t the case. Heavy restrictions on worship remain and arrests, sometimes violent, of religious minorities occur on a regular basis. Often the worst treatment is reserved for ethnic Christians from more remote regions who leave their traditional beliefs. In this story we discover that “Bao”, who converted to Christianity only last month, has been beaten and electrocuted after being told he could no longer live in his village with his new faith and was blocked from buying food. 
8/9/2013 Vietnam (MNN) – “Bao,” a new Christian, is being pressured by village authorities in Vietnam to recant his faith, a Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) worker reports.
After Bao and his family converted to Christianity four months ago, authorities told Bao he could not live in the village. They also barred him from purchasing products like food, clothing, or candles in the village as long as he continued in his beliefs.
They repeated their threat three times. After Bao was baptized on July 16, his brother beat him and had him arrested. Bao was jailed for two days, beaten, and shocked in his eye with electric wires.
Police fined Bao $250, which had to be paid before he could be released. His wife was unable to go and find someone to loan them the money because she is blind. Instead, Bao was released on the condition that he returns in two days with the full payment. VOM is providing Bao with money to pay the fine.

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