Dinh Huu Thoai

Current Status: At risk

Photo of Dinh Huu Thoai

Other Names: Đinh Hữu Thoại, Father Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai

Date of Birth:

Gender: M

Religion: Christian (Catholic)

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Religious leader

Areas of Activism:

  • Freedom of expression
  • Human rights
  • Religious freedom

October 2021:

Father Dinh Huu Thoai in Quang Nam Province is being attacked by state-run cyber agents for his posts critical of the government’s handling of the pandemic. His Facebook account has been suspended as he’s accused of “smearing the credibility of the State.” However, Fr Thoai said the postings that are alleged to be his are in fact posted on fake accounts pretending to be his.

Details - Background, History of Activism, Contact Information.

Dinh Huu Thoai is a Father of Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, Diocese of Da Nang.

Profile photo source: Facebook Đinh Hữu Thoại

Redemptorist Father Dinh Huu Thoai is an activist for freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and human rights. In addition to this, he has been supporting disabled veterans, who are not recognized as veterans by the authorities because of their service in the Republic of Vietnam before 1975. 

Due to his activism, Thoai was barred from leaving Vietnam without any reason at Tay Ninh border gate in 2011 when he was on the way to Cambodia.

May 14, 2018: barred from travelling abroad

Travel restriction
May 14, 2018
Bo Y border gate, Ngoc Hoi District, Kon Tum Province (map)

freedom of movement

On May 14, 2018, Dinh Huu Thoai was blocked by border soldiers at Bo Y boder gate, Ngoc Hoi District, Kon Tum Province while obtaining a legal visa to visit his family and friends in the United States. Just prior, in November 2017, Thoai was able to travel abroad right at this border gate

Officials gave no reason to explain their ban against him, but admitted to comply under the command of their superiors. However, after experiencing the same incident in 2011, Thoai supposed that it was his activism on human rights, democracy, and disabled veterans of former Republic of Vietnam that resulted in the authority’s travel restriction against him.

Profile last updated: 2021-10-19 02:25:46

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