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DEGAR MONTAGNARDS DIE FROM TORTURE AND ABUSE|
Posted on June 06, 2007
One reason these people are abused is because they supported us in the war aginst communism in Vietnam. Communist Vietnam sure sounds like the country we need to be doing business with today.
Danny "Greasy" Belcher, Executive Director
Task Force Omega of KY Inc.
Vietnam Infantry Sgt. 68-69
"D" Troop 7th Sqdn. 1st Air Cav
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Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2007 6:39 AM
Subject: THREE MORE DEGAR MONTAGNARDS DIE FROM TORTURE AND ABUSE
More bad news and photos of victims received from the central highlands.
MONTAGNARD FOUNDATION, INC.
Dedicated to the preservation of the Indigenous People of the Central Vietnam
P.O. BOX 171114 - SPARTANBURG, SC 29301-0038 USA
Fax: (864) 595-1940 - Phone: (864) 576-0698
- Web site: http://www.montagnard-foundation.org
THREE MORE DEGAR MONTAGNARDS DIE FROM TORTURE AND ABUSE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6 JUNE 2007
Spartanburg, SC, USA
BACKGROUND: The indigenous Degar Peoples (known under the French colonial term “Montagnard”) have suffered decades of persecution by the Vietnamese communist government, namely; confiscation of ancestral lands, Christian religious repression, torture, killings and imprisonment. An estimated 350 Degar prisoners remain in prison for standing up for human rights, for spreading Christianity or for fleeing to Cambodia. These prisoners are subjected to torture, including electric shock treatment, and withheld food and medical care. Many prisoners have been specifically beaten on their bodies repeatedly to deliberately cause them to die slow deaths from internal injuries. One Degar man named Y-Ngo Adrong was tortured to death on 13 July 2006 - of which the US Department described as “a credible report of extrajudicial killing by security forces” (See: 6 March 2007 US State Department’s Report on Vietnam).
PUPLICLY TORTURED AS A WARNING TO HOUSE CHURCH CHRISTIANS: DEGAR PRISONER CRIPPLED AND DIES OF HIS INJURIES
On May 29, 2007 our Christian Brother Dieu Suoi died of injuries caused by severe torture he received from Vietnamese police and prison officials. He was crippled and his body was almost beyond recognition to his family and he died within two days of his release. His story is as follows: Our Christian Brother Dieu Suoi was born in 1976 at Buon Budap village, commune Nhan Co, district Dak Rlap in Daknong province. On September 14, 2005 Vietnamese security police from the district arrested him in his village because he was a house church Christian who refused to join the official church and because he supported the Montagnard Foundation. The police tied him up and brought him in front of the villagers and began striking him with their hands and kicking and stomping him with their boots. They also electric shocked him and beat him with batons until he was unconscious, whereupon they threw him in their truck and took him to the prison in Daknong province. The security police then threatened all the villagers stating they will be treated the same if they do not join the official church or dare follow the Montagnard Foundation. On April 20, 2006 Dieu Suoi was tried and sentenced from 2 to 3 years in prison with the charge of resisting the Vietnamese government and sent to prison in Phu Yen province.
He was then repeatedly tortured whilst in prison and by May 2007 his health deteriorated to the point he could no longer walk or stand upright. On May 27, 2007 the security police from Phu Yen province with police from Daknong province and the police from the central government in Hanoi brought him back to his wife and parents. His wife and his parents could barely recognize him and seeing his tortured body demanded the police take him to hospital. His distraught parents stated to the police that “You arrested my son for no reason, you tortured him and when he is dieing you bring him back to us. You are murderers you must treat him and bring him back to us alive”. The police did take Dieu Suoi to the hospital in Daknong province but two days later on the morning of May 29, 2007 he died in the hospital. He was 30 years old and was buried by his family on May 30, 2007.
UNNECESSARY SURGERY: FAMILY REPORTS SURGERY WAS EXPERIMENTAL AND BELIEVE DEATH WAS RACISM
On May 3, 2007 our Christian sister Siu H’Krong died at her home after she returned from hospital after undergoing unnecessary surgery. Her story is as follows: Siu H’Krong (female) was aged 55 and from Plei Kte village, district Ayun Pa in Gialai province. On March 10, 2007 she went to the doctor at Ceo-Reo city for stomach pains but the nurse only told her to come back nine days later on March 19, 2007. Siu H’Krong went home and returned on the 19th but the doctor sent her direct to the hospital at Pleiku city without examining her or trying to treat her. When Siu H’Krong finally arrived at the hospital in Pleiku on March 20, 2007 she met with Dr. La Van Thang one of the chief doctors in Gialai province. Dr. La Van Thang then took her hand and had her put into surgery without any examination, questions or X-rays and began a surgical operation on her stomach where the pain appeared to be. After the surgical operation was done, Dr. La Van Thang told her he could not find anything wrong. Siu H’Krong was extremely upset and her family feels she was merely experimented on. She became worse and stayed at the hospital 8 days. She was released on March 29, 2007 but died over a month later on May 3, 2007. Her family fears that she was experimented on and did not receive proper medical care. This is why most Degar people who get sick are afraid to go to Vietnamese hospitals for they believe they will be murdered or turned away in acts of racism. The Degar people also know if they complain to authorities they will only be arrested, tortured, imprisoned or killed.
CHRISTIAN BROTHER RE-ARRESTED & TORTURED UNTIL HE DIED
Y-Kuot Enuol (male) age 41 from the village of Buon Dha Prong, Buonmathuot City in the province of Daklak was arrested, tortured and sent to prison facility in the province of Ha Nam on May 13, 2001 because of his involvement with the peaceful demonstration February of 2001. He was later released from prison in early 2004 but the Vietnamese security police re-arrested him again on July 18, 2004 and sent him to prison at Dai Phat Thanh in the city of Buonmathuot, Daklak province. Here was where the security police tortured him severely by tied up his hands and feet and hung him upside down and then used their martial arts on him including boxing and kicking on his body and face until he was unconscious. The police then untied him, dropped him down and poured water on him to revive him. Once he awoke the police repeated the torture again and again. After this brutal torture, Y-Kuot Enuol had difficulties breathing and the police feared he would die in prison so they released him to his family on July 28, 2004. At his village home, his family spent all their earnings and what they could to find treatment for him, but in the following five months there was nothing that could help him. On December 5, 2004 he died and was buried on December 10, 2004. The security police then threatened his family not to tell anyone about what had happened to Y-Kuot Enoul or they too will also be tortured and killed by the police.
THE MONTAGNARD FOUNDATION CALLS ON:
Concerned Embassies and the international community to urgently pressure Vietnam to investigate the deaths of the victims above and get medical teams to provide medical care to prisoners inside prison and to those recently released from prison.
Concerned Embassies and the international community to urgently pressure Vietnam to release all 350 Degar prisoners identified in the Human Rights Watch report 14 June 2006.
Concerned Embassies and the international community to pursue a permanent humanitarian presence in the Central Highlands in order to address the underlying causes of the persecution of the indigenous Montagnard Degar peoples.
The US State Department reconsider placing Vietnam back on the ‘Country of Particular Concern’ (CPC) watch list of nations which are the most egregious violators of religious freedom.
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