According to International Christian Concern, Hmong Christians in Phá Lóm village, Tam Hợp commune, Nghệ An province were given an ultimatum by officials – renounce Jesus or face consequences. This is because of high percentage of practicing Christians, Vietnam’s Hmong community is often targeted and harassed by both the government and neighboring communities
Pastor Hoang Van Pa told the ICC that the sum of four of the Christians altogether were beaten and arrested and the village had been raided three times, twice in November and then again at the beginning of December.
After the raids, the ICC reports that authorities from the Vietnamese Interdisciplinary Inspection Team put 33 of the Christian’s in the community on public trial where they were asked to “abandon their religion and worship the Buddha statue instead.”
This is very barbaric!!!
“In a communist country where Christianity is often seen as unpatriotic or a threat to the regime, Hmong Christians constantly face discrimination, harassment, land grabs, torture, and imprisonment.”
According to Mr. Dzung of the IIT, refusing to denounce Protestantism and convert to Buddhism will result in the expulsion from Vietnam.
CBN News reports that early last year, the Vietnamese government passed legislation which gave the communist government greater control over religious practices in the country.
The outlet reports that of the one million Hmong people in Vietnam, around 300,000 of them are Christians, many of whom have faced various forms of persecution including, “exclusion, harassment, discrimination, loss of property and even violent attack.”
In 2018, more than 100 Hmong believers in Yen Bai province and Lao Cai province were expelled from their homeland by the government. They had to find their own way to flee to nearby Thailand, where they have the prospect of applying for refugee status with the Bangkok-based United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).