Siu Bler

Current Status: Sentenced

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Date of Birth: 1962

Gender: M

Religion: Christian (Protestant)

Ethnicity: Montagnard (Ba Na)

Occupation: Pastor

Latest Prison: Nam Ha prison, Ha Nam province

Areas of Activism:

  • Religious freedom

Known Affiliations:

Arrest History

Arrest 1

August 27, 2004
Unknown
17 years in prison
  • Unknown
August 27, 2021

Arrest 2

2011
Unknown
2 years in prison
  • Unknown
2013

Details

Siu Bler, from Amoi Hamlet, Tapet Commune, Dak Doa District, Gia Lai Province, is an influential pastor among the Ba Na ethnic community associated with the Amoi Evangelical Church.

He had been defending his Church’s right to freedom of religion. 

After years of government harassment, his community staged a protest in 2001. After the government cracked down, they sentenced him to 2 years in Gia Trung Prison in Gia Lai, followed by a 2-year probationary period.

His subsequent opposition to government interference led to his arrest on August 27, 2004 and he was sentenced to 17 years in prison, followed by a 3-year probationary period. He was tortured brutally in prison until half of his body became paralyzed. He is currently in Nam Ha Prison in Ha Nam Province.

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

Profile last updated: 2017-12-31 19:41:23