Thich Quang Do, a dissident Buddhist monk who has successfully been underneath home arrest since 2003 and was nominated a number of occasions for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died aged 93.
Head of the banned Unified Buddist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), the vocal patriarch was born in 1928 in Thai Binh province and spent most of his life advocating for spiritual freedom and human rights in communist-run Vietnam.
His staunch activism landed him underneath what was successfully home arrest in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis in 2003, the place he was underneath fixed surveillance.
Do died on Saturday night time at Tu Hieu pagoda, UBCV introduced on Sunday morning.
In response to his will signed on April 2019, Do requested a “easy funeral, no more than three days.”
“After the cremation, my ashes will probably be scattered at sea,” stated the assertion quoting his will.
The UBCV additionally requested for followers to not convey cash, as is customary for Vietnamese funerals.
“There will probably be no closing phrases, no biographies, no emotional showings… simply praying.”
Do has lengthy been a thorn on the facet for communist-run Vietnam, and he has been nominated a number of occasions for the Nobel Peace Prize for his vocal advocacy for democracy.
In 2001, he wrote an “Enchantment for Democracy”, and likewise known as on northern and southern dissidents to drop their cultural variations and unite in 2005.
He acquired Norway’s Rafto human rights award the next 12 months for “his private braveness and perseverance via three a long time of peaceable opposition towards the communist regime in Vietnam”.
The UBVC has been banned for the reason that early 1980s when it refused to hitch the state-sanctioned Vietnam Buddhist Church.
Vietnam has lengthy had an uneasy relationship with organised faith.
The US Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom (USCIRF) beneficial to the State Division that Vietnam be designated as a “nation of specific concern”, citing “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of non secular freedom”.
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