Thich Quang Do

Current Status: House arrest

Photo of Thich Quang Do

Other Names: Thích Quảng Độ

Date of Birth: 1928

Gender: M

Religion: Buddhist

Ethnicity: Kinh


Latest Prison:

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Human rights
  • Religious freedom

Known Affiliations:

  • Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam

Arrest History

October, 2003


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.

March 2018:

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has featured Thich Quang Do on their website. Venerable Thich Quang Do is the Patriarch of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Viet Nam (UBCV). He has been confined to his monastery since 2003. According to the USCIRF page: "Vietnamese authorities have repeatedly targeted, harassed, and detained Thich Quang Do both for practicing his faith and for his tireless advocacy for religious freedom and related human rights. For example, in 2001, he launched a plan called 'Appeal for Democracy in Vietnam,' which was supported by more than 300,000 Vietnamese from different faith backgrounds, as well as international stakeholders. As a result, the government placed him under administrative detention without trial at Thanh Minh Zen Monastery and prevented him from receiving medical treatment despite suffering from diabetes." 

Amnesty International, Viet Nam: List of Prisoners of Conscience, 12 July 2016 (PDF)

BPSOS, Religious Prisoners in Vietnam, May 10, 2017 (PDF)

Thich Quang Do, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Profile last updated: 2018-03-18 17:28:06