中文 / English
Subscribe By subscribing to the Christian Monitor mailing list, you will receive periodic editorials and newsletters written by our staff and urgent prayer requests.

If you wish to subscribe, please click this link to automatically create an email request; or send an email to 'STServ@list.christianmonitor.org' with message 'subscribe newsletter'.
Home
Devotionals
Prayers
Newsletters
Headlines
Editorials
Book Reviews
Interviews
Press Releases
The CM Story
Our Beliefs
Our Staff
Help Us
Contact Us
CCEA
Chosun Journal
Martin Roth
Christians in Crisis
More Links
PRESS RELEASE
EU Commission Releases Findings
Montagnard Foundation
25-Jan-2009
WRITTEN QUESTION by Marco Cappato (ALDE) and Marco Pannella (ALDE) to the Commission

Subject: Christian Montagnard woman arrested and disappeared in Vietnam Answer(s)

According to the Montagnard Foundation, in April 2008 a Montagnard woman, Puih H'Bat, was arrested
for holding Christian prayer services in her home. It is now six months since her arrest and the
authorities continue to deny her family the right to visit her.

So far the government has made no disclosure as to her whereabouts and conditions of detention, or
stated whether she is alive or dead.

The Vietnamese security police have repeatedly summoned her elder son, Puih Kui, and forced him to
put a signature on a piece of paper.

Is the Commission aware of this case?

Will the Commission collect the relevant information and raise her case in its EU‑Vietnam human rights
dialogue and/or in the EC‑Vietnam Joint Subgroup on Human Rights?

E-6313/08EN
Answer given by Mrs Ferrero-Waldner
on behalf of the Commission
(20.01.2009)

The information provided by the Honourable Member concurs with that collected by the Commission.
Indeed, according to reports by the Montagnard Foundation, Puih H´Bat was arrested on 11 April 2008
in her home a few days after she had been leading prayer services for Christians in her house in Ploi
Bang village, Ia Chia commune, Ia Grai district, Gia Lai province. She has been detained since her
arrest. She had refused to join the government-sanctioned Evangelical Church of Vietnam. According to
other reliable sources contacted by the EU missions in Hanoi, Puih H´Bat was convicted of violating the
law by "destruction of the unity of the people's solidarity". The accusation seems to refer to Article 87 of
the Penal Code (in Chapter XI on "Crimes of infringing upon national security") on "Undermining
national unity policy". According to these sources, Puih H´Bat has been sentenced to five years
imprisonment in her home province.

Representatives from the United States Embassy visited Puih H'Bat's home commune on 15 October
2008. Following their visit, they wrote to the Chairman of the People's Committee of Ia Grai district to
enquire about the whereabouts of Puih H´Bat. They are still waiting for a reply.

The Commission has proposed to raise this case at the upcoming round of the EU Troika-Vietnam local
Human Rights dialogue on 16 December 2008. The Commission, together with other Embassies of
Member States, will continue to monitor this case very closely.

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+WQ+E-2008-
6313+0+DOC+XML+V0//FR
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+WQ+E-2008-
6313+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN