In one of the latest incidents of human rights abuses, the pastor of an outlawed Christian church was sentenced to 11 years in prison for allegedly sowing division between the communist government and the Vietnamese people. Nguyen Cong Chinh, 43 years old, was convicted of undermining the government policy of unity at his trial in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.
The Vietnamese government maintains tight control of many areas of civil society and does not accept attempts to create a more politically tolerant environment. The court convicted Pastor Chinh of authoring and disseminating documents that allegedly slandered authorities. Prosecutors also said he collaborated with “reactionary groups” and incited ethnic minorities to commit wrongdoing. (From VOA)