More than two months after their arrest, three evangelists and a staff member of the Mennonite Church in Vietnam remain imprisoned, their status unknown. The four were arrested in Ho Chi Minh City on March 2. An April 1 letter signed by 13 church leaders and sent to the prime minister and ministry of public security decried the “evil actions” of the police “in beating, imprisoning and refusing to allow the church to visit [the prisoners].”
The letter also speaks of “many other brothers and sisters who have disappeared whose whereabouts we do not know.” Vietnamese Mennonites have been targeted by authorities for months. In January a church building was demolished and the property confiscated, and church members have had their property confiscated.