Posted by: becketfund | January 5, 2007

Vietnam: Montagnard Community Faces Continued Persecution

The Montagnard Foundation reports that the Montagnard Degar, an indigenous community living in the central highlands of Vietnam, continue to suffer persecution at the hands of the Vietnamese authorities, including arbitrary detention, physical attacks, and religious persecution. During the past two months, Vietnamese police have punished the Montagnard Degar for taking part in Christian religious gatherings, beating participants and confiscating property. More information on the Montagnards’ situation can be found in a report from Human Rights Watch, published in June 2006. Watch The Becket Fund’s International Director, Angela C. Wu, in an interview about the Montagnards following Vietnam’s removal from the US State Department’s Countries of Particular Concern list last November.

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