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Vietnamese officials pressure widow to sign them over to state

The widow of a Vietnamese Christian who was brutally tortured and murdered may be in danger of losing her children to the state.

International Christian Concern (ICC) www.persecution.org
has been informed that the widow was taken to a police station and told she must sign documents giving her children to the state.

ICC issued a Press Release on April 30, documenting the beating and death of her husband, K’pa Lot, a Montagnard Christian jailed for publicly expressing his Christian faith.

In an updated media release from ICC, new information states that on May 3, 2010, his widow, H’Nguen, was forced to take her two children, H’Danh and Y-Ly, to the Nhan Hoa Police Station and told she must sign documents giving custody to the government.

“At the police station the security forces placed a document in front of H’Nguen,” said Scott Johnson, a spokesman for the Montagnard Foundation.

“In this case they are harassing them, they are trying to coerce her to sign the kids over to them. The motivation is to take revenge on the wife for telling [the Montagnard Foundation] what Kpa Lot’s last words were.” [Scott Johnson is referencing K’pa Lot’s whisper to his wife, H’Nguen, how Vietnamese officials had severely beat him. He died hours later from internal bleeding.]

Johnson said: “The police stated that she would not be allowed to see her children until they turned 18. H’Nguen refused, pleading emphatically that she was fully competent to care for her children. For 6 hours the police tried to force her to sign the document until she was finally released with the children that afternoon.”

He added: “The document was some sort of proof they wanted to show she agreed to her children being taken.”

ICC says this event occurred in the village of Nhan Hoa, Cu Se district, of Gia Lai province in the Central highlands of Vietnam.

ICC’s Regional Manager, Logan Maurer, stated: “K’Pa’s torture and death was a tragic example of the brutal religious persecution that still occurs today in Vietnam. It is all the more telling that his wife is now being threatened for getting word out.

“Taking away her children is a desperate action by a state that is attempting to coerce her into silence. ICC urges the State Department to hold Vietnam accountable by investigating this terrible action against a widowed mother, as well as the events surrounding the death of her husband.”

ICC (International Christian Concern) www.persecution.org is a Washington-DC based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC provides Awareness, Advocacy, and Assistance to the worldwide persecuted Church. For additional information or for an interview, contact ICC at 800-422-5441 or 301-585-5915.

Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent of ANS, is an international British freelance journalist who was formerly a reporter with a London (United Kingdom) newspaper and has been a frequent contributor to UCB Europe, a British Christian radio station. While in the UK, Michael traveled to Canada and the United States, Albania,Yugoslavia, Holland, Germany,and Czechoslovakia. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China,and Russia. Michael’s volunteer involvement with ASSIST News Service is a sponsored ministry department — ‘Michael Ireland Media Missionary’ (MIMM) — of A.C.T. International of P.O.Box 1649, Brentwood, TN 37024-1649,at: Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.) International where you can donate online to support his stated mission of ‘Truth Through Christian Journalism.’ If you have a news or feature story idea for Michael, please contact him at: ANS Chief Reporter

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