Nay Y Blang

VIETNAM

Charged with:
"abusing democratic freedoms"

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Nay Y Blang was arrested by Vietnamese authorities on May 18, 2023, for “abusing democratic freedoms” under Article 331 for his affiliation with the Central Highlands Evangelical Church of Christ, and for holding prayer meetings in his home. 
 
On January 26, 2024, the People’s Court of Phu Yen province, sentenced Nay Y Blang (48), to four years and six months in prison. 
 
In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Pastor Aga, who is the founder of the Central Highlands Evangelical Church of Christ, and who had to leave the country for his safety, said that “the charges against Nay Y Blang were fabricated, and the trial was a farce”. He explained,”We just want to express our religious beliefs, our own religion, to worship God and follow the religion that suits us, while still following the laws of the Vietnamese government'”
 
Nay Y Blang has been previously imprisoned for his peaceful religious activity. In 2005, he was sentenced to five years and six months in prison for “undermining the unity policy.” After his release in 2010, he was sent to an “educational facility” for 24 months for “abusing the rights to democratic freedom and freedom of belief to entice and incite others to violate the law, interests of the State, legitimate rights and interests of organizations and individuals.”
 

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Embassy of Vietnam
H.E. Mr Ta Van Thong, Ambassador
Level 21, Grand Plimmer Tower
2-6 Gilmer Terrace,
Wellington 6011
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