Thich Dong Long

Current Status: At risk

Photo of Thich Dong Long

Other Names: Thích Đồng Long

Date of Birth:

Gender: M

Religion: Buddhist

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Religious leader

Areas of Activism:

  • Religious freedom

Known Affiliations:



Thich Dong Long is a member of the  United Buddhist Church of Vietnam, which is not recognized by authorities. As such, he has suffered harassment at his pagoda at Lien Tri 2, which is in Cu Chi district, including pressure to join the state-approved Buddhist sangha. 

Profile photo source: Radio Free Asia Vietnamese

Family Situation

Tran Thi Ruoi, the mother of Thich Dong Long, a Buddhist monk, received an invitation from the People’s Committee of Trung Lap Ha Commune, to work on “some related issues.” The reason for this invitation was said to be because of Thich Dong Long’s religious activities. The authorities accused Thich Dong Long of “gathering the people” to celebrate Vesak (or Buddha’s Birthday), which Thich Dong Long said was not true, and that he practiced this rite alone. Thich Dong Long participated in the mass demonstration protesting against the bills on Special Economic Zones and Cybersecurity in June 2018. Since he refuses to be under the control of the authorities, Long is often harassed and surveilled by three cameras.

May 22, 2019: detained while protesting violations of religious freedom

May 22-24, 2019
Public security
Outside of Consulate General of the US (map)

  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of peaceful assembly
  • freedom of belief and religion

At 2:30 pm on May 22, 2019, the Public Security of Ho Chi Minh City arrested Thich Dong Long, a Buddhist monk, and took him away when he was alone protesting against Vietnamese violations of religious freedom and human rights in front of the Consulate General of the United States. As of May 23, authorities still held Long at the police station of Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, according to Facebooker Nguyen Khanh. After almost two days in detention, he was released.

Profile last updated: 2024-06-13 20:34:05

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