Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Kunh

Other Names: Kưnh

Date of Birth: 1988

Gender: M

Religion: Hà Mòn (Ha Mon)

Ethnicity: Montagnard

Occupation: Farmer

Areas of Activism:

  • Religious freedom

Communities At Risk:

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Prolonged Incommunicado Detention
  • Violence concern

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Kunh is a farmer and lives and works in Gia Lai Province.

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Kunh is an ordinary farmer with no extensive history of activism. However, after becoming a follower of the Hà Mòn religion, a local sect of Christianity, and becoming an active preacher of his beliefs, Kunh was harassed and pursued by the authorities to the point that he had to hide in the forest.

Arrested March 19, 2020.

March 19, 2020
Gia Lai province public security, Gia Lai province
Between two communes, H'ra and Lo Pang (map)
The People’s Court of Gia Lai Province
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of belief and religion

Ha Mon is a local sect of Christianity, established in Kon Tum Province, Vietnam, in 1999. However, the legal framework on beliefs and religions creates bureaucratic restrictions to enable the government to maintain control over every aspect of religion. The Ha Mon did not pass these restrictions, and the group was quickly listed as an invalid belief. Therefore, its followers have been forced to leave the religion or have been sent to re-education schools.  

Kưnh, Lúp, and Jưr are three believers and active preachers of Ha Mon. They have been constantly harassed by the public security of Gia Lai to the point that they had to move and live in the forest. This situation went on for eight years, as they were unofficially wanted by the local police.

On March 19, 2020, after a long time avoiding the public security, they were all arrested together by the local police when the force found out where they were hiding in a forest in Gia Lai.

Profile last updated: 2021-05-06 14:01:11

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