The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation strongly condemns the persecutions of the Con Dau parishioners by the Vietnamese communist regime, which resulted in the death of Nam Nguyen from the beatings that he received at the hands of the police on July 1st, 2010.
This latest incident is part of the intensified repression of the Con Dau Parish since early this year. The local authorities announced their plan to relocate the residents of this 135 year old Parish, as well as its cemetery, to build a tourist resort.
In May of this year, Mrs. Mary Tan, a religious woman, died and her family planned to honor her wish by burying her alongside her husband at the cemetery. Hundreds of local villagers were attending her funeral as the local police intervened to stop the procession. Mrs. Tan's casket was taken away and was cremated against the family's wish. It is reported that more than 100 people were beaten for accompanying the funeral, many of them severely wounded. Since then, 59 people of Con Dau Parish have been arrested and tortured because of their beliefs and six have been charged with "disturbing public order."
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation stands with the people of Con Dau parish. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this outrageous violation of human rights.
Lee Edwards, Ph.D.