Y Quynh Bdap

Current Status: At risk

Photo of Y Quynh Bdap

Other Names: Y Quynh Bdăp

Date of Birth: June 15, 1992

Gender: M

Religion: Christian (Protestant)

Ethnicity: Ede

Occupation: NGO worker

Areas of Activism:

  • Indigenous rights

Known Affiliations:

Details - History of Activism.

Y Quynh Bdap was charged with terrorism, allegedly in connection with the June 11, 2023 attack on government buildings in Dak Lak Province. Y Quynh was in Thailand at the time of the attack and claimed that he was not involved in any way. Despite charging him with terrorism, Vietnam has not made public any evidence against him to substantiate their claim. He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years' imprisonment. 

Previously, Y Quynh, who is an advocate for religious and ethnic minority groups in Vietnam, has been arrested a number of times and alleges that he was brutally beaten in 2010 while he was detained.

In 2008, after hundreds of people were jailed for demonstrating for equal rights for indigenous groups, Y Quynh compiled a list of people who were prosecuted for their political and religious beliefs and shared that list of political prisoners with members of his community. 

At that time, the Vietnamese government took land from Montagnards to build factories and rubber and coffee plantations with cheap compensation or even no compensation. Y Quynh found it unfair, so he helped people file lawsuits and get adequate compensation.

Due to his fear of imprisonment, in 2018 Y Quynh was forced to flee to Thailand as a refugee. There, he founded Montagnards Stand for Justice (MSFJ) to help fight for religious freedom and an end to discrimination of ethnic minority groups in Vietnam.

Photo source: RFA

Arrested 2023. Sentenced to 10 years in prison under Art. 299 (2015 Code). Expected Release is January 16, 2034.

  • Art. 299 (2015 Code)
Dak Lak province public security, Dak Lak province
Cư Kuin district (map)
January 16, 2024
The People's Court of Dak Lak Province
10 years in prison
January 16, 2034
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression

Y Quynh Bdap was accused of participating in the June 11, 2023 attacks on government offices in Dak Lak. Y Quynh was in Thailand at the time and maintains that he had nothing to do with the attacks. Vietnam has not revealed any evidence against him.

On January 16, 2024, Y Quynh was tried in absentia by People's Court of Dak Lak province in a mass trial of nearly 100 people. On January 19, he was sentenced in absentia to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Project88 believes he was convicted for "terrorism" under Article 299, but due to the lack of public court documents available, it could also be Article 113.

Profile last updated: 2024-03-28 15:58:25

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