Reactionary portraits : Nguyễn Công Chính and antics to apply for the U.S. visa

22/07/2017

Recently, the U.S. Embassy’s officials and many anti-Vietnam elements have took advantage of the Nguyễn Công Chính (Nguyen Cong Chinh) case to slander about Vietnam’s human rights report. But who Nguyen Cong Chinh is, a criminal who violated Vietnamese laws and are being sentenced years in prison.
Nguyen Cong Chinh is an 48-year-old evangelical pastor originally from the Quang Nam province, and has lived in the Central Highland provinces of Kon Tum and Gia Lai since 1985. He claimed himself as a leader of the Christian Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Vietnam and America.
Chinh whose residence is in Hoa Lu ward, Pleiku city illegally made connections with some reactionary organizations and violated the laws from 2004 to 2011. Despite the local government’s warnings, Chinh did not realize his wrongdoings but took more action that were harmful to local security and order and caused public indignation. On April 28, 2011 Chinh was arrested on charges of sabotaging the great national unity policy. Chinh had given interviews to foreign media and posted articles on the Internet designed to disseminate information against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, dividing the government, the armed forces and the people as well as the relationship between Vietnam and other countries. After a one-day trial on March 26, 2012, Chinh was sentenced to 11 years in prison according to articles 46 and 87 of the Penal Code. On July 31, 2012, an appeals court upheld the 11-year jail term. 
"Chinh did not realise what he had been doing was wrong but kept following an illegal path, which badly affected the local security and stirred discontent in the public," said the court.
Also in the charge, Chinh compiled and sent out a number of documents to anti-government organisations within and outside the country.
"He distorted the domestic situation, calumniating the Government, the State and the army in interviews with the foreign media," the court said.
"When some members of the reactionary organisation FULRO (the United Front for the Liberation of Oppressed Races) were arrested and sentenced according to the law, Chinh claimed that they were falsely accused and imprisoned for purely religious activities."
He was also reported to have made an urgent notice to the US Consular, alleging that Buddhism follower Thach Thanh No was killed while practising his religion. According to investigations, No, a Khmer man from the southern province of Tra Vinh, fell off his motorbike under the influence of alcohol and died in April 2009.
The so-called pastor was an anti-Government agitator, and the evidence against him was clear.
However, instead of redeeming, he and his wife through many channels, like interviews to the hostile media abroad like RFA, RFI, VOA, BBC, SBTN, etc, to distort Vietnamese government’s policies and call for his release.
Human Rights Watch and other rights groups have linked the sentence to his illegal activities and his so-called fight for religious freedom to criticize Vietnam for human rights and religious freedom records. But they must know that his so-called religious group was not registered and therefore illegally operated without the Vietnamese government’s management. This religious group also carried out many activities that opposed national interests, harmed national unity and caused public disorder or sow divisions.
Many anti-Vietnam elements inside and outside the country claimed that prison authorities have physically and verbally abused him, and his health was rapidly declining, that he suffers from high blood pressure, acute nasal sinusitis, arthritis, and stomach inflammation and was denied treatment or access to medication. They also accused Vietnam’s security agencies of harassing and beating Chinh’s wife, Trần Thị Hồng, with many unreasonable allegations such as monitoring her closely, sealing up her house, and preventing her from meeting with her husband or procuring medicine for her sick daughter.
It’s turn out that all these allegations are proved wrong. Chinh is serving an 11-year sentence in Xuân Lộc Prison Camp in Đồng Nai province. He is healthy and good-fed. His relatives are allowed to visit him in accordance with the law. And, his wife, who joined an anti-Vietnam group the Association of Vietnamese Women for Human Rights  was not harassed by the Vietnamese government at all. They just fabricated that to falsely accuse the Vietnamese government and open a way to ask for visa to the United States. Unfortunately, deceived by these allegations the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and U.S. consular delegation have expressed that they are willing to grant visa for Chinh and his family.
We hope that the U.S. government and international human rights groups should know Nguyen Cong Chinh’s illegal wrong-doings and do not support him in a way that may harm the relationaship between Vietnam and others./.


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Love Peace 22/7/17 18:58

He is also the founder of the Vietnamese People’s Evangelical Fellowship, an anti-Vietnam religious group.

John Smith 22/7/17 19:04

Chinh’s documents disseminate information against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, dividing the government, the armed forces and the people as well as the relationship between Vietnam and other countries.

Jane smartnic 22/7/17 19:13

Chinh had relations with some reactionary organisations and violated the law from 2004 to 2011, disregarding warnings and fines from the local government.

LawrenceSamuels 22/7/17 20:37

Chinh did not realize what he had been doing was wrong" he "kept following an illegal path, which badly affected the local security and stirred discontent in the public.

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