A Dao

Current Status: Sentenced to prison

Photo of A Dao

Other Names: A Đảo, A Ma Dũng

Date of Birth: 1981

Gender: M

Religion: Christian (Protestant)

Ethnicity: Montagnard

Occupation: Religious leader

Current Prison: Gia Trung prison, Gia Lai province

Areas of Activism:

  • Religious freedom

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Pastor A Dao, also known as A Ma Dung, from Kontum province, is a pastor of the Montagnard Evangelical Church of Christ.

He advocated for religious freedom for his fellow church members in the Central Highlands and elsewhere. In August 2016 he attended a recent conference on Freedom of Religion in SE Asia and the ASEAN Civil Society Conference and ASEAN People's Forum.

Arrested August 18, 2016. Sentenced to 5 years in prison under Art. 275 (1999 Code). Expected Release is August 18, 2021.

August 18, 2016
  • Art. 275 (1999 Code)
April 28, 2017
5 years in prison
August 18, 2021
US government

He was arrested in August 2016 under Art. 275 ("organizing for individuals to flee abroad illegally"), a charge he denied. On April 27, 2017, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison. He is detained at Gia Trung Detention Center, Gia Lai Province.

May 2020:

The commissioner of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, James Carr, adopted pastor A Dao as part of the Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project. 

August 2020:

US Congressman Glenn Grothman (WI) adopted Pastor A Dao through the Defending Freedoms Project of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback also called for the immediate release of pastor A Dao on the 4th anniversary of his detention.

September 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) congratulated the government of Vietnam on its National Day and encouraged the government to take steps to improve religious freedom conditions in the country. “USCIRF welcomes Vietnam’s progress, but we remain deeply concerned about the harassment of unregistered religious groups and religious freedom advocates,” noted USCIRF Vice Chair Anurima Bhargava. “We urge the government of Vietnam to release all individuals detained because of the peaceful expression of their beliefs, including Nguyen Bac Truyen and Pastor A Dao.”

Profile last updated: 2020-09-07 03:17:50

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