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Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh has been released early from his 11-year prison sentence in exchange for going into exile in the United States. After being arrested in 2011 for “undermining national unity,” Pastor Chinh experienced extreme torture in the Xuan Loc Prison, which deteriorated his health greatly, but on July 28th, he, his wife, and their five children were welcomed to the United States.

08/02/2017 Vietnam (UCA News) – Vietnam has freed an ailing pastor imprisoned for campaigning for religious freedom, and deported him and his family to the United States.

Lutheran Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, his wife and five children arrived in Los Angeles, on July 28 following a deal that has seen him released early from an 11-year prison sentence in exchange for going into exile in the U.S., Boat People SOS, a US-based non-profit organization that provides assistance to victims of human rights violations in Vietnam, said on Jul 29.

“We welcome the early release of Pastor Chinh but deplore the fact that he and his loved ones must go into exile,” said BPSOS president Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang.

“We are also concerned about nearly 100 other religious prisoners who also deserve freedom and continuing religious persecution in Vietnam,” he said.

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