Name: Pastor A Dao
Area of Origin: Vietnam (Ethnic Ha Lang Montagnard)
Background: A Dao is a Protestant pastor of the Montagnard Evangelical Church of Christ advocating for religious freedom for his fellow church members in Vietnam’s Central Highlands and elsewhere.
Reason for his arrest: In August 2016, he attended the conference on Freedom of Religion in Southeast Asia and the ASEAN Civil Society Conference and ASEAN People’s Forum in East Timor. After that he got arrested and on April 28, 2017, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison for “helping individuals to escape abroad illegally” under Article 91 of the country’s Penal Code. He denied the charge and claimed his innocence.
Current Status as of February 2019:
- LATEST: The victim is serving his prison sentence and his health has deteriorated as a result of the harsh treatment typically reserved for prisoners of conscience, and it is believed he is a victim of torture. In a new report, it is revealed that Pastor A Dao’s wife had to sell their land and send their two children to live with different relatives.