Y Yich

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

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Date of Birth: 1960

Gender: M

Religion: Christian (Protestant)

Ethnicity: Montagnard (Ba Na)

Occupation: Religious leader

Last Known Prison: An Phuoc detention center, Binh Duong province

Areas of Activism:

  • Religious freedom

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Denial of Adequate Medical Treatment or Supplies

December 2020:

Mrui, son of imprisoned Montagnard Pastor Y Yich, has reported harassment against him and his family as authorities attempt to get him to renounce his faith. Of the harassment, he said: “Village, district officers continuously visit our home to monitor us, they invited [meaning summoned] me 5, 6 times, threatened to bash me and kill me, forcing me to abandon my faith.” He also reported that his father, who is serving 12 years in prison, has been denied medical care in prison.

Details - Background.

Mr. Y Yich is an Evangelical pastor of Ba Na ethnicity from A Lut Hamlet, K Yang Commune, Đắk Đoa District, Gia Lai Province.

BPSOS, Religious Prisoners in Vietnam, May 10, 2017 (PDF)

Arrested December 18, 2006. Sentenced to 4 years in prison under Art. 79 (1999 Code). Released September 18, 2011.

December 18, 2006
  • Art. 79 (1999 Code)
4 years in prison
September 18, 2011

Arrested May 13, 2013. Sentenced to 12 years in prison under Unknown. Expected Release is May 13, 2025.

May 13, 2013
  • Unknown
12 years in prison
May 13, 2025

An evangelical pastor, he was arrested on December 18, 2006, for “plotting against the government”. After serving 4 years in Xuan Phuoc Prison, he was discharged on September 18, 2011, and was put under probation for 3 years. He resumed proselytizing to his Ba Na ethnic community and was arrested again on May 13, 2013. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

He is currently in Section #2 of An Phuoc Prison, Binh Duong Province.

As a result of being beaten and tortured in prison, his health has been deteriorating. Not only do they deny him medical treatment for high blood pressure, rheumatism, and stomach inflammation, they have not allowed his family to supply him with medication.

Profile last updated: 2022-06-15 14:15:42

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