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Vietnam labels two human rights organizations which support Christians as ‘terrorist’ groups

Vietnam is under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, which is subject to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Russian Orthodox Church also has three parishes in Vietnam. Otherwise, most Christians in Vietnam are Roman Catholic or Protestant.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Vietnam at ChristianPersecution.com, see here.

“Vietnam labels two human rights organisations which support Christians as ‘terrorist’ groups,” by Donna Birrell, Premier Christian News, March 10, 2024:

Vietnamese state media has declared two human rights organisations which support a largely Christian community as terrorist groups.

The groups, Montagnard Support Group Inc (MSGI) which has its headquarters in the United States and Montagnard Stand for Justice (MSFJ), which was established in Thailand specialise in defending the rights of the Montagnard minority ethnic group.

The majority of Montagnards are Christians and live in Vietnam’s central highlands. The community has a long history of conflict with the Vietnamese government and has faced intense harassment and intimidation since a June 2023 attack on provincial Communist party offices in Dak Lak that left nine dead, including local party officials and police.

The MSGI and MSFJ are accused of having helped plan the attack in Dak Lak, but leaders of both groups strongly deny these allegations.

The Vietnamese government’s press release named several human rights activists as terrorists and threatened that anyone working with them would face similar charges. It went on to give the personal home addresses of several key human rights figures in Thailand and the US….

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