Thich Quang Do
Current Status: House arrest
Other Names: Thích Quảng Độ
Date of Birth: 1928
Areas of Activism:
- Human rights
- Religious freedom
- Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam
Venerable Thích Quảng Độ is the Patriarch of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Viet Nam (UBCV).
He is a leading advocate of religious freedom, human rights and democracy. In his various capacities within the UBCV leadership, he has steadfastly refused to join the government-created Buddhist Church. He has been alternatively imprisoned, internally exiled, or under house arrest since 1977. He was awarded the Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize and other prestigious human rights prizes.
He has been confined to the Thanh Minh Zen monastery in Hồ Chí Minh City since October 2003, when security officials told him that he had been placed in administrative detention for an indefinite period.
Three UN Special Rapporteurs sent a letter to Vietnamese authorities asking for information about alleged retaliation against members of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, including Thich Quang Do, after they engaged in peaceful protests for maritime sovereignty. They asked for "the legal basis of the aforementioned restrictions on freedoms of peaceful assembly, opinion and expression and association" and for explanation as to "how these measures are compatible with international human rights norms and standards."
Thich Quang Do, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Appendix 2 Religious Prisoners of Conscience, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, April 2018 (PDF)
Profile last updated: 2018-06-03 23:18:22