Current Status: Sentenced to prison
Other Names: A Đảo, A Ma Dũng
Date of Birth: 1981
Religion: Christian (Protestant)
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.
Công An Kon Tum, Tuyên án A Đảo tội tổ chức người khác trốn đi nước ngoài trái phép, May 5, 2017.
Arrested August 18, 2016. Sentenced to 5 years in prison under Art. 275 (1999 Code). Expected Release is August 18, 2021.
- Art. 275 (1999 Code)
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Đại sứ Mỹ kêu gọi Việt Nam trả tự do cho Mục sư A Đảo, Voice of America, August 20, 2020
Profile last updated: 2020-09-07 03:17:50