ASIA NEWS REPORT\; Pierre Nguyên Dinh Cuong was taken by men in plain clothes, without an arrest warrant. The sixteenth since end of July to undergo such treatment. People involved in groups like the John Paul II Center for the defence of life or as the Movement of Catholic entrepreneurs and intellectuals on the rise in northern Vietnam. For weeks, the families left with no knowledge of their whereabouts.
Hanoi (AsiaNews) - The campaign of arrests of young
Catholics continues in the north of Vietnam, a campaign carried out with
kidnapping techniques, without any charges and leaving families without any news
for weeks. Since the end of July, sixteen young people have suffered this
The most recent case concerns Pierre Nguyên Dinh Cuong,, a young
man of a parish of Vinh, who on Christmas Eve, December 24, was abducted on his
way home from the home of a doctor, his friend. As reported by Eglises d'Asie,
three men in plain clothes handcuffed him and loaded into a taxi that drove
The next day, one of the brothers of the victim recognized the cab
and its occupants, chased them and forced them on a moped to stop. He wanted
news about what had happened to his brother, but the three grabbed him by the
throat, refused to respond and fled. Other friends of Pierre Cuong, however,
succeeded in following the taxi and saw him enter the Provincial Public Security
No doubt, among the friends of the young man kidnapped, who
charge that the Public security officials are using these abduction methods. The
arrest, in fact, took place without a warrant, nor have Pierre’s relatives been
informed of the place where the young man is being detained.
opinion of friends and neighbours, the kidnapping is linked to the young man’s
commitment in the ecclesial movements and charitable and social activities, in
particular with John Paul II Center for the defence of life.
The case of
Pierre Cuong is similar to that of another 15 kidnapped, nine of whom from the
diocese of Vinh, as told by Bishop Nguyen Thai Hop. The last was Paul Tran Minh
Nhat, who studied at the faculty of foreign languages and computer science in
Hanoi. He too is a native of the diocese and weeks have passed before his family
could find out something about him.
Several of those arrested belonged to
John Paul II Center for the defense of life or the Movement of Catholic
entrepreneurs and intellectuals, both of which are flourishing in northern
Vietnam. Some had spoken out in support of Cu
Huy Ha Vu, the 53 year old lawyer, the son of one of the leaders of the
revolution, committed to human rights.
On December 22, another four young
Catholics were arrested, Nguyên Xuân Anh, Nguyên Oai, Nguyên Duyêt and Thai Van
Dung, interned in B14 they were allowed receive a representative of their
families. While the physical conditions of the four are not of concern, the
moral seems to leave something to be desired, but one wonders why only four
prisoners were allowed to receive visits.