Authorities in Vietnam Incite Villagers to Attack Christian Converts

Ethnic minorities targeted in rural areas.

Hang Thi Dia, 9, after whipping with electrical cable. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Inciting social hostility appears to have become a key way government officials in rural Vietnam try to contain, or at least slow, the growth of Christianity among ethnic minorities, sources said. Ethnic Hmong Christians were the targets of two incidents the past two months in Vietnam’s northwest. Village officials in Son […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2013

In Nigeria, terrorists weren’t the only ones terrorizing Christians.

Lyop Dangyel suffered three gunshot wounds and lost two of her three daughters in attack in Torok, Plateau state. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Last year Egypt saw its greatest level of attacks on Christians; more Christians were killed in Syria’s civil war than anywhere else; and an Islamist rebel take-over in the Central African Republic brought new atrocities to the historically unstable country. But where political instability and civil war were not contributing factors, […]

Vietnam Inflicts Massive Official Force on Catholic Demonstrators

Dozens seriously injured in protest against arrest of two Christians.

Protestors injured in confrontation with authorities in north-east Vietnam. (FVCMM)

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – An estimated 40 people on Vietnam’s north-central coast were seriously injured after authorities on Wednesday (Sept. 4) broke up a protest over the arrest and detention without charges of two Catholics. Several of those injured were in life-threatening condition after hundreds of police and militia with tear gas, batons and […]

After Persecution for Faith, a Rare Religious Rights Success in Vietnam

Christian villagers given new land, farms.

Damage to home in Ngoc La village in northwestern Kontum Province, Vietnam. (Morning Star News photo)

(Morning Star News) – Vietnamese authorities in Kontum Province this month resettled four severely persecuted ethnic Sedang Christian families on new land not far from where their homes and farms had been destroyed last February. This is a rare, positive government response to persecution and an important step in the struggle for religious liberty – […]

Vietnam Stonewalls Efforts to Rectify Religious Rights Abuses

Officials cavalier or ineffective in face of murder, destruction.

Damage to home in Ngoc La village, in Kontum Province, Vietnam. (Morning Star News photo)

(Morning Star News) – In February, sustained night-time attacks by “villagers with the hand of the government behind them” in Vietnam’s Central Highlands destroyed the homes and thousands of coffee plants of ethnic Sedang Christians. Eventually four families in Ngoc La village, Tumorong District, Kontum Province – 19 people in all – were forced to […]

Officials in Vietnam Claim Christian Who Died in Police Custody Committed Suicide

Stunned family refutes declaration, citing signs of savage beating.

Hoang Van Ngai was remembered as a kind, generous man who helped the poor.

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Vietnamese officials are calling the death of a Christian in police custody a suicide – a claim family members of the severely beaten Christian strongly refute. Hoang Van Ngai, previously identified by his Hmong name of Vam Ngaij Vaj, died on March 17 in custody in Gia Nghia, Dak Nong […]

Hmong Christian Leader in Vietnam Beaten to Death in Police Custody, Sources Say

Electrical shock torture suspected; autopsy report claims he stuck hand in electrical outlet.

The body of Vam Ngaij Vaj, who died in police custody in Vietnam’s Central Highlands after suspected torture by the communist regime.

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – A Hmong church leader in Vietnam has been beaten to death in police custody, area sources said. Police beat Vam Ngaij Vaj around his neck and shoulders and likely used electric shock on him, resulting in his death on March 17, said a church leader who spoke with those who […]

Ethnic Families in Vietnam Ransacked, Beaten for their New Faith

Recently converted Christians in Central Highlands suffer nights of terror, beating by day.

Damage to Christian home in Ngoc La village, in northwestern Kontum Province, Vietnam.

DANANG, Vietnam (Morning Star News) – Newly converted Christians of the Sedang ethnic minority in Vietnam’s Central Highlands were terrorized last week – their homes and personal property badly damaged or destroyed in four consecutive night raids, and some of the faithful seriously injured from beatings in broad daylight, sources said.   Since becoming Christians in […]

Vietnam’s New Religion Decree Termed a Step Backward

Legal recognition will now take at least 23 years; decree aims to end house churches.

On the street in Ho Chi Minh City, where church leaders lamented Vietnam's new religion decree. (International Ministries photo)

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Morning Star News) – Protestant Christians and leaders of other faiths in Vietnam are criticizing a new decree on religion that went into effect this year as a significant step backward, with one Christian activist saying it could put an end to the house-church movement.   In a Jan. 18 […]

Will We Be Their Voice?

Bill would create special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East/South Central Asia.

Egyptian clergyman amid church building damaged in Islamist attack. (Morning Star News photo)

(Morning Star News) – Christians worldwide just celebrated the birth of Jesus. For many in the West this was a festive season marked by worship services, gift-giving and time with family and friends. But for the church in the Middle East, fear of persecution cast a long, dark shadow over the Christmas holiday.   Oppression […]

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