Evangelical pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh will always have the scar on top of his head to remind him of the years that he was imprisoned, beaten and tortured for daring to advocate on behalf of indigenous people groups being denied human rights by Vietnam's communist government.
Having been arrested over 200 times for his human rights advocacy over a span of three decades, it wasn't until Chinh was jailed in 2011 and sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment for "undermining national solidarity" by violating a preaching ban in the Central Highlands that his persecution started gaining international attention.
Thanks to pressure from the international community and the United States government, the founder of the Vietnamese People's Evangelical Fellowship was released last July 28 with six years still left to serve on the condition that he and his family leave the country....
The war of Northern aggression in Vietnam meant Hanoi won, and got to treat the south, the mountain region and islands as spoils of war. Communism is evil and tortures those opposed to it. The US could be more influential by economically reminding the Vietnamese government that China is their enemy and equality of all Vietnamese is beneficial to all.