Vietnam
Vietnamese officials in Muong Cha district, Dien Bien Province, destroyed two new church buildings of ethnic minority Hmong Christians this month and threatened to tear down a third.   The Ho He Church, erected in April by the unregistered ....
Three Christians seriously injured during a savage attack near Hanoi on Nov. 13 have been evacuated to an undisclosed hospital in Ho Chi Minh City after several hospitals in the region refused to examine and treat them. The attack on a church ....
A gang of men attacked leaders of a Baptist house church network near Hanoi on Sunday (Nov. 13), leaving one pastor unconscious and seriously injuring several others, including women and teenage children. Leaders of the Agape Baptist Church were ....
Thugs said to be doing the bidding of local authorities attacked a pastor and his family with iron bars and wooden clubs in central Vietnam on Oct. 23, seriously injuring the heads and arms of the church leader’s father and other relatives, sources ....
The government tried to portray several thousand Hmong followers of a sub-Christian messianic cult as orthodox Christians while the military forcibly disbanded their gathering yesterday and today. The cult members recruited from orthodox Christian ....
Authorities in Vietnam prevented much-anticipated public Easter celebrations in Hanoi planned for Friday and Saturday (April 15-16) after giving a verbal promise to organizers that the events would proceed. An interchurch organizing committee had ....
The first appearance by a U.S.-based evangelist preaching at a major event since the 1975 communist victory in Vietnam helped the country’s Protestants to celebrate their centennial last weekend after government officials gave last-minute approval. ....
Granted permission only five hours before a scheduled Christmas event, house church leaders turned an empty field into a rudimentary stadium and welcomed some 20,000 people for a time of worship and evangelism on Sunday (Dec. 26) in Vietnam’s ....
In what appeared to be part of a central government crackdown on Protestant Christianity in Vietnam, hundreds of Christians from 10 northern provinces were locked out of a Christmas celebration that was supposed to take place here yesterday. The ....
An estimated 500 soldiers and police here cordoned off the church headquarters and home of the Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang on Tuesday (Dec. 14), and then heavy equipment operators quickly demolished the two-story building, sources said.   Mennonite ....
Two Christian evangelists, Ksor Y Du, 47, and Kpa Y Co, 30, were sentenced this month to six and four years in prison respectively for “undermining national unity.”   Ksor and Kpa, of the Vietnam Good News Mission (VGNM) church, received the ....
A gang of youths on Sunday (July 18) attacked a house church as the congregation worshiped in Xi Thoai village in Phu Yen Province on Vietnam’s south central coast, Christian sources said.   The local youths smashed the walls of the home and ....
Suffering severe abuse from villagers and local Vietnamese officials, Hmong Christian Sung Cua Po fled into the forest with his family on March 19.   An expulsion order had been issued to his family, an area Christian leader said. Since ....
Vietnamese officials have in recent months tightened control over those they regard as dissidents, and the temporary release of Catholic priest Thadeus Nguyen van Ly on March 15 was a rare exception, according to Amnesty International (AI).   ....
A Protestant prisoner of conscience who had called for democratic freedoms in Vietnam was released earlier this month after serving a three-year sentence for “propagandizing to destroy the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.” Attorney Le Thi Cong Nhan’s ....
Forced Recantations of Faith Continue    Published in 2010
A Vietnamese man violently forced to recant his fledgling Christian faith faces pressure from authorities and clansmen to prove his return to traditional Hmong belief by sacrificing to ancestors next month.   Sung Cua Po, who embraced ....
For the second time in 10 days, Protestant history was made in Vietnam yesterday when 12,000 people gathered for a Christmas rally here. The event, which took place in the large square in front of the entrance to My Dinh National Stadium in the ....
Unprecedented Christmas Gathering Held    Published in 2009
On Friday evening (Dec. 11), history was made in communist Vietnam. Christian sources reported that some 40,000 people gathered in a hastily constructed venue in Ho Chi Minh City to worship God, celebrate Christmas, and hear a gospel message – an ....
Church Registration Inches Along    Published in 2009
The Assemblies of God (AoG) in Vietnam on Monday (Oct. 19) received an “operating license,” which the government described as “the first step . . . before becoming officially legal.”   This operating license gives permission for all of the ....
HANOI, Aug. 6 (Compass Direct News) – Local authorities in Vietnam have balked at registering house churches, contributing to a recent uptick in sometimes violent harassment of congregations. Four police officers and two government officials broke ....
Local authorities in Vietnam have balked at registering house churches, contributing to a recent uptick in sometimes violent harassment of congregations. Four police officers and two government officials broke up the Sunday morning worship service ....
Police invaded the Sunday service of the Agape Baptist congregation in Vietnam’s Hung Yen Province on June 7 and beat worshippers, including women, and arrested a pastor and an elder.  Christian sources said police put the two church leaders ....
HANOI, June 18 (Compass Direct News) – Police invaded the Sunday service of the Agape Baptist congregation in Vietnam’s Hung Yen Province on June 7 and beat worshippers, including women, and arrested a pastor and an elder. Christian sources said ....
A Hmong man in Vietnam’s Northwest Mountainous Region who murdered his mother in February because she had become a Christian has assaulted another Christian, leaving him critically wounded, according to area Christian sources.  Lao Lia Po on ....
LOS ANGELES, May 11 (Compass Direct News) – A Hmong man in Vietnam’s Northwest Mountainous Region who murdered his mother in February because she had become a Christian has assaulted another Christian, leaving him critically wounded, according to ....
Massive Christian Celebration Allowed    Published in 2009
In what religious freedom advocates regarded as a breakthrough in Vietnam, authorities granted rare permission to unregistered house church groups to hold a large, public Easter-related service here last night. More than 15,000 people gathered at ....
Massive Christian Celebration Allowed    Published in 2009
HO CHI MINH CITY, April 22 (Compass Direct News) – In what religious freedom advocates regarded as a breakthrough in Vietnam, authorities granted rare permission to unregistered house church groups to hold a large, public Easter-related service here ....
Historic Church Building Demolished    Published in 2009
HO CHI MINH CITY, April 9 (Compass Direct News) – Just hours after the prime minister’s office assured denominational leaders that there were no plans to destroy their Protestant church building, authorities in Banmethuot last month demolished the ....
Historic Church Building Demolished    Published in 2009
Just hours after the prime minister’s office assured denominational leaders that there were no plans to destroy their Protestant church building, authorities in Banmethuot last month demolished the historic structure in the Central Highlands city. ....
Authorities Destroy New Church Building    Published in 2008
HO CHI MINH CITY, December 17 (Compass Direct News) – Local government officials in Dak Lak Province this morning made good on their threat to destroy a new wooden church building erected in September by Hmong Christians in Cu Hat village. At 7 a.m. ....
HO CHI MINH CITY, November 21 (Compass Direct News) – In violation of Vietnam’s new religion policy, authorities in Lao Cai Province in Vietnam’s far north are pressuring new Christians among the Hmong minority to recant their faith and to ....
LOS ANGELES, November 20 (Compass Direct News) – At a chapel on the remaining patch of Thai Ha Redemptorist property in Hanoi that the Vietnamese government had yet to confiscate, at 10 p.m. on Saturday night (Nov. 15) an official came to summon the ....
HANOI, September 26 (Compass Direct News) – Authorities in Hanoi have responded to months of Catholic prayer vigils and demonstrations over disputed land by destroying the one-time residence of the papal nuncio in central Hanoi. In suddenly ....
HANOI, May 16 (Compass Direct News) – Local officials in Lao Cai province have confiscated the land and home of a former opium addict because of his phenomenal success as an evangelist, local Christian sources said. Sua Yinh Siong of Lau Chai ....
HO CHI MINH CITY, April 21 (Compass Direct News) – An unprecedented prayer appeal by the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (South) indicates that the government has stonewalled quiet, persistent attempts to obtain redress on confiscated church ....
Pastor Visits Jailed Christian Lawyers    Published in 2008
HO CHI MINH CITY, February 11 (Compass Direct News) – Imprisoned Christian lawyers Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan, their sentences reduced by one year due to international pressure, received a rarely granted visit from non-family members when ....
School Denies Entry to Christian Boy    Published in 2007
LOS ANGELES, August 13 (Compass Direct News) – A school in central Vietnam has denied entry to a fifth-grade boy because he is Christian, according to a letter from an elementary school principal to the ethnic minority child’s parents. Tran Van Ha, ....
HO CHI MINH CITY, June 26 (Compass Direct News) – A young Hroi ethnic minority man who refused to recant his Christian faith died from injuries received while under official interrogation, Compass confirmed as Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet ....
LOS ANGELES, May 16 (Compass Direct News) – After a trial of only four hours last Friday (May 11), a Vietnamese court convicted Christian attorneys Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan of “propagandizing against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” and ....
HO CHI MINH CITY, April 23 (Compass Direct News) – Christian attorneys Nguyen Van Dai and Le thi Cong Nhan are scheduled to be tried on May 11 in a case that appears to have fallen short even of Vietnam’s limited requirements for due process. As of ....
Nguyen Van DaiHO CHI MINH CITY, April 18 (Compass Direct News) – Following the March 29 sentencing of Father Nguyen Van Ly to eight years in prison for distributing “material harmful to the state,” two Protestant lawyers charged with the same ....
LOS ANGELES, March 9 (Compass Direct News) – The arrest in Hanoi on Tuesday (March 6) of human rights defender Nguyen Van Dai, an elder in his Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, along with the arrest last month of former prisoner of ....
January 9 (Compass Direct News) – Police burst into the Vietnam Mennonite church and residence of the Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang here at 8:20 this morning, broke up a prayer meeting and arrested 17 people, including his son and elderly mother-in-law. ....
October 31 (Compass Direct News) – Vietnamese authorities advised the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi that 18 Vietnamese churches had been registered while not informing the churches themselves. Observers believe this is an indication that the country has ....
September 18 (Compass Direct News) – Church leaders in Vietnam expressed surprise at U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom John Hanford’s statement at a briefing on Friday (September 15) that “Vietnam has turned the corner and ....
Police attacking construction workerMay 25 (Compass Direct) – An estimated 50 police and other security forces and officials from Binh Khanh Ward in District 2 converged on the Mennonite church, office and residence of the Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang on ....
Property of Hre Christians Burned Down    Published in 2006
April 3 (Compass Direct) – Less than a year after believers in Vietnam’s central Quang Ngai province saw some of their dwellings destroyed, a mob burned down five homes of other Hre minority Christians in the legally-recognized Evangelical Church of ....
Three Church Groups Legalized in City    Published in 2006
March 13 (Compass) – Authorities have granted longstanding requests of three church organizations to legally function in Ho Chi Minh City, sources told Compass. The Ho Chi Minh City Bureau of Religious Affairs last week granted a request for ....
Pham Ngoc Thach (right) upon releaseMarch 3 (Compass) – Pham Ngoc Thach, a Vietnamese evangelist imprisoned for “resisting an officer doing his duty,” was released today after completing a two-year sentence at Z30A Prison in Xuan Loc, Dong Nai ....
Churches Boldly Standing Up to Abuses    Published in 2005
November 17 (Compass) – For years Vietnamese church leaders have filed complaints of religious liberty abuses to government officials and have almost never received replies. But in an unprecedented shift, pastors are now petitioning authorities more ....
Rev. Than Van Truong September 19 (Compass) -- Committed to a Vietnamese mental hospital for nearly a year after being diagnosed as “delusional” for believing in God, the Rev. Than Van Truong was released to his family on Saturday, September 17. ....
September 16 (Compass) -- Authorities in the Son Ha District of Quang Ngai Province incited a mob to burn down the home of evangelist Dinh Van Hoang on August 21 because he would not sign a paper denying his Christian faith. Local public security ....
The Rev. Nguyen Hong QuangAugust 31 (Compass) -- The Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang, a Mennonite pastor here convicted of an offense he denied having committed, walked out of prison on August 30 as part of Vietnam’s National Day amnesty. Since his arrest on ....
August 30 (Compass) -- Local authorities shut down a 500-member, international church here on Saturday, August 27. The church had sought a permit to meet since its inception eight years ago. Eric Dooley, pastor of the interdenominational New Life ....
Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang August 15 (Compass) -- The Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang was working at a labor camp machine used to extract cashew nuts on August 9 when he was approached by high prison officials. They told him he would be moved immediately to ....
Authorities Twice Raid Mennonite Center    Published in 2005
July 25 (Compass) -- While believers met for prayer in the District 2 Mennonite center Sunday evening -- just five days after authorities demolished half of the building -- officials forced their way in to disband the meeting. In spite of the ....
Vietnam Church Center after the destructionJuly 20 (Compass) -- On Tuesday morning, July 19, about 200 officials cordoned off the Vietnam Mennonite Church center in this city’s District 2 and sent in a large work force that tore down the rear 8.8 ....
June 21 (Compass) — Three Vietnamese house church leaders submitted written testimony to the International Relations Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., on Monday, June 20, the first working day of Vietnam Prime Minister ....
May 11 (Compass) -- On May 5, John Hanford, U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, announced an agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam regarding issues of religious liberty. The details of the agreement, outlined privately in ....
Ms. Lien after hours of detentionMay 3 (Compass) -- After just two days of freedom, Vietnamese prisoner-of-conscience Ms. Le Thi Hong Lien was arrested for attending a Bible study with other Christian believers. On the evening of Sunday, May 1, a ....
Le Thi Hong Lien Released    Published in 2005
Ms. Lien received prayer after her releaseApril 29 (Compass) -- Vietnamese authorities released 22-year-old* children’s Bible teacher Le Thi Hong Lien from Bien Hoa Mental Hospital yesterday morning. Ms. Lien’s unexpected release came two months ....
Le Thi Hong Lien to Be Freed Early    Published in 2005
Le Thi Hong Lien April 26 (Compass) -- Vietnam has promised to release Mennonite church worker Le Thi Hong Lien on April 30, two months short of completing her one-year sentence on charges of opposing an officer performing official duties. A report ....
April 13 (Compass) -- Presiding Judge Nguyen Xuan Phat upheld the three-year sentence of the Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang and the two-year sentence of Evangelist Pham Ngoc Thach at an appeal court hearing on April 12. Co-defendants Quang and Thach were ....
April 4 (Compass) -- Lawyers acting on behalf of the Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang informed his wife last week that his appeal before the People’s Supreme Court of Vietnam has been rescheduled for April 12. The appeal, which was filed also on behalf of ....
March 10 (Compass) -- Police raided the Ho Chi Minh City headquarters of the Mennonite Church of Vietnam on February 27. Of the 23 present, 19 worshippers were arrested, taken to the ward police station and questioned until the early hours of the ....
Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang January 13 (Compass) — Sources in Vietnam have informed Compass that the People’s Supreme Court in Ho Chi Minh City will hear the appeals of the Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang and evangelist Pham Ngoc Thach on February 2. This ....
November 18 (Compass) -- Le Thi Hong Lien, the sole woman among six Mennonite church workers sentenced to prison in Vietnam last Friday, is hospitalized with a “mental disease,” according to prison officials. She was arrested on June 30 and ....
Le Thi Hong LienNovember 18 (Compass) — Le Thi Hong Lien, the sole woman among six Mennonite church workers sentenced to prison in Vietnam last Friday, is hospitalized with a “mental disease,” according to prison officials.Just 21 years old, Miss ....
Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang November 12 (Compass) — The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City handed out harsh sentences to six Vietnamese Mennonite church workers in a four-hour trial which ended at noon today. Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang and five other ....
Harsh Sentences for Mennonites    Published in 2004
November 12 (Compass) -- The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City handed out harsh sentences to six Vietnamese Mennonite church workers in a four-hour trial which ended at noon today. Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang and five colleagues were charged with ....
November 10 (Compass) -- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, ordered the wife the Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang, a Mennonite pastor imprisoned since June 8, to appear at a neighborhood “review” meeting tonight. Sources in Vietnam say the purpose of ....
November 5 (Compass) -- Vietnamese officials are hindering attempts to prepare the defense of six Mennonite church workers scheduled for a November 12 trial. The refusal of the court to give the written order for the trial to the family members of ....
November 2 (Compass) -- Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang, prominent rights activist and general secretary of the Mennonite church in Vietnam, is scheduled to be tried on November 12. His wife was informed of this on Saturday, October 30. Irregularities and ....
Rev. Nguyen Hong QuangNovember 2 (Compass) — Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang, prominent rights activist and general secretary of the Mennonite church in Vietnam, is scheduled to be tried on November 12. His wife was informed of this on Saturday, October 30. ....
Christians Petition Government    Published in 2004
September 30 (Compass) — In an unprecedented move, representatives of Vietnam’s house church fellowships delivered a petition in Hanoi on September 27, appealing to Vietnam’s Communist Party leadership to allow for greater religious freedom in ....
Pastor Arrested, Questioned    Published in 2004
September 7 (Compass) — The Rev. Tran Mai, a prominent Vietnamese house church leader, was arrested on August 29 and held for eight days of interrogation. He was released on September 6, but with orders to appear for further questioning at the ....
September 1 (Compass) — The Vietnam Evangelical Fellowship (VEF) has just released a statement on Vietnam’s new Ordinance on Religion, due to take effect on November 15. The VEF is an organization of about 30 unregistered house church organizations ....
September 1 (Compass) -- The Vietnam Evangelical Fellowship (VEF) has just released a statement on Vietnam’s new Ordinance on Religion, due to take effect on November 15. The VEF is an organization of about 30 unregistered house church organizations ....
August 26 (Compass) — On August 23, the mother of Mennonite evangelists Nguyen Huu Nghia and Nguyen Thanh Nhan was allowed to visit her imprisoned sons for the first time since their arrest in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on March 2. It took nearly ....
August 16 (Compass) — Government authorities continue to apply unrelenting pressure on tribal Christians in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, while trying to convince the international community that all is back to normal in the troubled region.The ....
Pastor Remains in Police Custody    Published in 2004
July 30 (Compass) — Seven weeks after his arrest in a police raid on his home in Ho Chi Minh City, Mennonite pastor Nguyen Hong Quang has been allowed his first visitors. The unexpected visit occurred after Quang’s wife wrote a letter to senior ....
Pastor Remains in Police Custody    Published in 2004
Pastor QuangJuly 30 (Compass) — Seven weeks after his arrest during a police raid on his home in Ho Chi Minh City, Mennonite pastor Nguyen Hong Quang has been allowed his first visitors.The unexpected visit occurred after Quang’s wife Le Thi Phu ....
July 8 (Compass) — Since his arrest on June 8, the Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang has become the victim of a propaganda campaign. Vietnamese authorities have been spreading misinformation through Vietnamese diplomats, newspaper reports and a government ....
Police Arrest Nguyen Hong Quang    Published in 2004
June 10 (Compass) — Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang, a religious liberty activist and Mennonite church leader, was arrested on June 8. His home at the Mennonite church and office in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2 was ransacked, and officers seized personal ....
May 21 (Compass) — In spite of efforts by Vietnam to minimize and cover up their brutal repression of demonstration attempts by the Montagnard ethnic minority this past Easter, consistent information is emerging that confirms atrocities. During ....
Montagnards Face the Propaganda War    Published in 2004
May 17 (Compass) — During Easter weekend, April 10 and 11, Montagnards in Vietnam’s Central Highlands attempted to stage public demonstrations to call attention to harsh injustices they suffer at the hands of communist authorities and ethnic ....
March 12 (Compass) — On the afternoon of March 4, public security police surrounded the Quoc Thanh Theater in central Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and ordered the electricity cut to the building in an attempt to stop a joint worship celebration ....
March 8 (Compass) — Law enforcement authorities in Vietnam are subjecting house church leaders who confront injustice to relentless harassment, according to sources in Ho Chi Minh City. On March 2 at the Ho Chi Minh City home of Rev. Nguyen Hong ....
Christians Savor Small Victories    Published in 2004
February 17 (Compass) — In recent months, Protestants in Vietnam have seen intense activity on the religious rights’ front and point to four incidents of government concession that may indicate a change in the religious liberty climate. After ....
Trial of Vietnamese Pastor Postponed    Published in 2004
(Compass) -- Less than 24 hours before his trial for “resisting an officer doing his duty” was to begin in Ho Chi Minh City, Rev. Bui Van Ba was served a notice postponing the trial to a later date, ostensibly because a judge was unable to attend. ....
(Compass) -- The trial of a Vietnamese house church leader arrested in August for “resisting an officer doing his duty” is set to begin January 13. Pastor Bui Van Ba, general secretary of the Full Gospel House Church organization, will be tried ....
The trial of a Vietnamese house church leader arrested last August for “resisting an officer doing his duty” is set to begin January 13, sources said. Pastor Bui Van Ba, general secretary of the Full Gospel House Church organization, will be tried ....
(Compass) — Public Security police in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) allegedly attempted to assassinate the Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang at about 9 p.m. on December 9 by staging a motorcycle “accident,” according to the Vietnamese Mennonite Church. Rev. Quang ....
(Compass) — News of clashes between Christians and public security police over Christian tract distribution has been pouring out of Vietnam since the opening of the 22nd Southeast Asia Games on December 5. The house churches, often zealous in their ....
(Compass) — On November 29, Vietnamese authorities extradited Ma Van Bay from Binh Phuoc province in the Central Highlands to his former home in Ha Giang province on the China border. Christians who know the brutality of government authorities in Ha ....
News of clashes between Christians and public security police over the distribution of Christian tracts has been pouring out of Vietnam since the opening of the 22nd Southeast Asia Games (Seagames 22) on December 5. The house churches, often zealous ....
Intense Persecution Revealed    Published in 2003
(Compass) — A researcher analyzing materials just received from Vietnam has found a “smoking gun” showing that religious rights are still restricted in the Southeast Asian country. The original copy of a request from a Christian family of the Hre ....
(Compass) — Authorities in Vietnam’s Kontum province have apparently added cruel symbolism to their persecution of Christians. When Pastor A En of the Chu Pa Evangelical Church answered a summons from local security police, they forced him to stand ....
(Compass) — Church sources in Vietnam report that persecution against Montagnard (tribal) Christians in the Central Highlands is so severe that several hundred have fled to neighboring Cambodia, despite increased vigilance by military authorities to ....
(Compass) — A compromise reached between church and government authorities over the construction of a small church building in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) appears to have been a ruse to fool the congregation. “The compromise involved both ....
200 Police Halt Church Construction    Published in 2003
(Compass) — For the second time in three years, authorities in Thu Thiem district of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) halted the construction of a church building. This time, however, they did not destroy the initial construction, as Christians ....
‘God’s Flock’ Attacked    Published in 2003
(Compass) -- In mid March, a 55-year-old leader of the Mnong tribal church in Vietnam’s southern Dak Lak province issued a plaintive appeal to Christians worldwide. In a letter smuggled out of Vietnam and translated into English by missionaries, the ....
(Compass) — In what may be a small breakthrough for religious liberty, Vietnam’s religion authorities invited five leaders of Protestant house church organizations and non-denominational missions to Hanoi for “informal talks” on March 5. Such a ....
(Compass) -- The powerful Central Committee of Vietnam’s Communist Party announced at the conclusion of its Seventh Plenum on January 21 that it had passed a new resolution to better control religion. The issue arose two years ago when minority ....
(Compass) -- Twenty-seven years after forcibly shutting down the Nha Trang Theological Seminary, Vietnamese authorities on January 3 granted permission to the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (South), or ECVN (S), to open a class for training church ....
Bleak Christmas in Dak Lak    Published in 2002
(Compass) — When December 25 rolls around this year, Christmas for some 150,000 ethnic Ede Christians will be a bleak affair. The Vietnamese government has come down hard on Christians in the last three months. Authorities have disbanded most of the ....
Pastors Harassed    Published in 2002
(Compass) — On July 6, Vietnamese authorities arrested Pastor Nguyen Dang Chi of Phy Ly and held him in a cell for 24 hours. Pastor Chi, who has seen his Nazarene congregation grow to 800 members since it’s founding in 1995, sang hymns and prayed, ....
Church Leader Felled by Heart Attack    Published in 2002
(Compass) — The Rev. Pham Xuan Thieu, president of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (South), died of a heart attack on June 24 in Ho Chi Minh City. He was 61. The Rev. Thieu, a professor of theology, had been elected president of the ECVN (South) ....
(Compass) - A delegation of Vietnam's religious leaders visited the United States May 9-13, denying persecution reports and receiving plaudits from their Christian hosts. Yet a well-known Vietnam watcher wrote that over half of Vietnam's one million ....
(Compass) - A March 31 Xinhua News Agency release datelined Hanoi published statements by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that guarantee third country asylum for about 1,000 of Vietnam’s mostly Christian ....
(Compass) - Cambodian authorities forcibly repatriated on March 2 sixty-three predominantly Christian Montagnards from Vietnam who were seeking asylum in Cambodia. Sixty-one refugees from a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camp ....
(Compass) - Protests by tribal groups, including many Christians, in Vietnam’s Central Highlands during February 2001 were followed by a massive crackdown by military and security forces who targeted Christians. In December 2001, in an apparent ....
(Compass) - An agreement to repatriate to Vietnam nearly 1,000 tribal Christians who fled persecution in 2001 is causing concern among international Vietnam watchers. “These refugees are being pressured to go back with only the flimsiest of ....
(Compass) - After 25 years of being alternately harassed, ignored and persecuted, the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (South), or ECVN, was granted legal recognition by Vietnamese authorities in April 2001. Six months later, it is clear that legal ....
No Positive Change For Protestants    Published in 2001
(Compass) - Legal recognition granted in April has yet to benefit the Evangelical Church of Vietnam. And while the authorities are \"considering\" several requests from the ECVN, they are using their recognition of the southern ECVN as an excuse to ....
(Compass) - Following protest demonstrations in February over religious rights and the loss of tribal lands to lowland Vietnamese farmers, there has been a marked increase in the ongoing harassment and persecution of minority Christians in Vietnam’s ....
(Compass) - For the first time since the communist takeover in 1975, authorities in Vietnam have granted legal recognition to a Protestant organization in the south. \"There’s still well-documented persecution of Christians in Vietnam, but as a ....
Protestants Resist ‘Regularization’    Published in 2001
(Compass) - Attempts by Vietnam’s Bureau of Religious Affairs to \"regularize\" the southern Evangelical Church of Vietnam (ECVN) have run into serious opposition from church leaders. The southern ECVN (also known as Tin Lanh) is Vietnam’s largest ....
‘We Are Always in Persecution’    Published in 2000
(Compass) - As U.S. President Bill Clinton visited with Catholic Archbishop Pham Minh Man on November 19 to discuss religious freedom issues in the city formally known as Saigon, security police across town raided the Sunday worship service of Grace ....
(Compass) - Some of Vietnam’s Protestants are hopeful that the government will officially recognize the largest Protestant body, the southern-based Evangelical Church of Vietnam, for the first time since 1975. According to a government plan, a main ....
Hmong Christian Radio Broadcasts Jammed    Published in 2000
(Compass) - Authorities in Vietnam are jamming Christian radio broadcasts in a desperate attempt to curb the rapid spread of Protestant Christianity among the Hmong minority in the country’s northwest provinces along the China border. The ....
Authorities Destroy ‘Church’    Published in 2000
(Compass) - On July 1, city officials demolished a crude church structure in a slum area of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). The \"church\" had been erected only hours before by Christians who were led to believe that they had permission to ....
Christians Denied Amnesty    Published in 2000
(Compass) - Vietnam freed more than 12,000 prisoners on Sunday, April 30, its largest amnesty in history, marking the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. But no Christian imprisoned for religious beliefs was known to be among those