Name: Pastor Y Yich
Area of Origin: Vietnam (Ethnic Montagnard)
Background: Y Yich is a Protestant pastor advocating for religious freedom for his fellow church members in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.
Reason for his arrest: Because his congregation prefers to be free of State control over their religious activities, the local government persecutes adherents of the unapproved Church. The police forces of Aluk Village (home to Rev. Y Yich) and K’Dang Commune (a part of the Town of Pleiku, encompassing a number of villages, including Aluk) had been assaulting him to prevent him from serving his congregation. He was arrested on May 13, 2017 (second time after serving 4 years of a previous sentence)
Current Status as of February 2019:
- 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. He has been denied medical treatment for high blood pressure, rheumatism, and stomach inflammation. Prison authorities have also refused to deliver to him the medicine which had been brought to the facility by his visiting family members.