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PRESS RELEASE
Cry for the Montagnard Christians; Where is Justice?
Montagnard Foundation
23-Aug-2008
There is no word to describe how hateful and cruel the Communist Vietnamese are because the atrocities they have committed against the indigenous Degar people are indescribable. Every day innocent Degars are being murdered. They are robbed of their homes, their farms and their freedom. Their farmlands have been taken away from them and given to ethnic Vietnamese citizens while the Degar people continue to be arrested, tortured, imprisoned and murdered. Even the Degar faith is under attack as the Vietnamese forces demand Degars renounce their faith and accept a government established church. The traditional Degar culture and way of life has been almost completely destroyed; before long, their entire race will be wiped off the face of the planet. But, most of the governments in the world don’t dare to criticize the genocidal policies of the communist government of Vietnam because they have regarded their financial interests with Vietnam as being more important than human life.

Articles 71 and 72 of the Vietnamese law states that:
Article 71: The citizen shall enjoy inviolability of the person and the protection of the law with regard to his life, health, honor and dignity.
No one can be arrested in the absence of a ruling by the People's Court, a ruling or sanction of the People's Office of Supervision and Control except in case of flagrant offenses. Taking a person into, or holding him in, custody must be done with full observance of the law.
It is strictly forbidden to use all forms of harassment and coercion, torture, violation of his honor and dignity, against a citizen.

Article 72: No one shall be regarded as guilty and be subjected to punishment before the sentence of the Court has acquired full legal effect. Any person who has been arrested, held in custody, prosecuted, brought to trial in violation of the law shall be entitled to damages for any material harm suffered and his reputation shall be rehabilitated. Anybody who contravenes the law in arresting, holding in custody, prosecuting, bringing to trial another person thereby causing him damage shall be dealt with severely.

But the Vietnamese security police have broken each and every one of these laws when dealing with the Christian indigenous Degar people. Is this law real, then, or is it nothing more than a cosmetic to cover up their true face from the international community?

On 14 April 2008, after his participation in the peaceful demonstration at the commune of Ia Knuec, for the release of our 3 Christian brothers and sisters who were arrested on the 9th of April 2008, our Christian brother, Y-Cung Nie, went back to his village. Not long after he arrived home, the Vietnamese security police from the district of Cu Mgar stormed into his house to arrest him. They then took him into a nearby wooded area and tortured him to death.

When they had finished murdering our Christian brother, Y-Cung Nie, the Vietnamese security police went back to the village and told his parents and family that they had killed Y-Cung Nie and wanted the family to go pick up his corpse and bury it. Then, the Vietnamese security police threatened the family not to tell anyone about Y-Cung’s death, especially to Degars who are living in the US. They said that they would come back and kill them all if they did.

When the family went to pick up the corpse, they were horrified to see that his body was in terrible condition, beaten beyond recognition. His face and body were covered with blood, his skull was fractured and every inch of his body was bruised and broken. Before the burial, the family needed to clean and dress the corpse, but during this process, the Vietnamese security police stayed there the whole time watching them because they were afraid that the family would take photos or report the incident to the outsiders. The Vietnamese security police only left the family after Y-Cung Nie was buried on 16 April 2008.

Y-Cung Nie was born in 1982, from the village of Buon Cuor Hdang, district of Cu Mgar in the province of Daklak.
The Vietnamese soldiers seem to have been given a mission to shoot to kill anything they decide to in the Central Highland, just as it was when Vietnam was at war with America many years ago.

On August 9, 2008, our Christian brother, Y-Phit Kbuor, with his two sons, went fishing at the river of Ea Kin about 20km from his village of Buon Tri. When they were returning home on the road, they encountered a group of Vietnamese soldiers who were operating in the area. The Vietnamese soldiers halted them and told them to raise their hands. While they were raising their hands up, the Vietnamese soldiers opened fire at them. Our brother, Y-Phit Kbuor, was murdered right there on the spot. Fortunately, his two children escaped the massacre. They returned home to their village and told their mother and the villagers what had happened to their father. Then, many villagers accompanied the family and relatives to pick up the corpse of Y-Phit Kbuor. When they got to the place, the Vietnamese soldiers were still there. They apologized to the family and said that they had made a mistake. They also paid the family 10,000,000 VND for the coffin and the cost of burial ceremony.

How could the Vietnamese soldiers make a mistake like this? Is the Vietnamese government currently fighting a war where they look for enemies to shoot? If so, who are they fighting against? We, the Degar people, can’t even defend ourselves. Obviously, the Vietnamese government not only possesses our homeland but our very lives exist in the palms of their hands. Just as they can do anything that they want to our land and forests (poison the water, kill the animals, and destroy the trees) they can also do this and worse to us. This is because their laws that are designed to protect citizens only apply to their own ethnic group of people – that is, the Vietnamese. The indigenous Degar people are a distinct ethic group, with different ancestry and a completely different culture and language from the Vietnamese. This is why Vietnam finds it so easy to annihilate our people.
The truly appalling fact is that the governments of this world who profess to be moral and civilized not only sit idly by, ignoring the evil and inhuman manner of the Vietnamese government, but actually aid them with financial support because of their business investments in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese government, which is responsible for bringing murderers to justice, murders our people indiscriminately. Furthermore, the Vietnamese government stations its soldiers and security forces throughout the Central Highland to lay siege to our people, acting as if they were at war with the Degar. Why do they still view the indigenous Degar people as enemies when they have made friends with America? Why does the Vietnamese government not treat Vietnamese civilians like they do the indigenous Degar people?