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A Vietnamese Pastor has reportedly been given food laced with broken glass and lead. Their water smelled like it had insecticide in it and their food often had dead flies. The pastor went on a hunger strike after he was not allowed his five minute per month phone call to his family. He has been transferred between prisons several times. Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh is serving a sentence for fighting for religious rights of ethnic groups in the highlands.

12/20/2016 Vietnam – A Vietnamese Lutheran pastor who was imprisoned for fighting for religious freedom was recently kept in isolation and was not allowed to contact his family after he demanded equal rights with other prisoners.

Authorities accused pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh of inciting prisoners at Phuoc Prison in Binh Duong to go on hunger strike to demand that they be allowed five minutes of phone call with their families each month, which other prisoners were allowed to do.

Chinh was transferred to another prison camp where he was placed in isolation for allegedly leading the protest.

His family was not made aware of the transfer, and his wife Tran Thi Hong only found out when she visited him on Dec. 12. Prison authorities told her Chinh was moved to Xuan Loc Prison in Dong Nai province.

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