•  Mr. Speaker, since the early 1990s, Pastor Duong Kim Khai Duong has been detained or arrested thirteen times, usually for organizing prayer sessions.

  • Most recently, he was arrested in August 2010 for his efforts to advocate for religious freedom and social justice. The trumped up charge? Attempting to overthrow the government.

  • Following his arrest, it took over two months for authorities to tell his family where he was being detained.

  • Now, he faces five years in prison followed by five years of house arrest.

  • In 2011, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled that the Vietnam government's detention and conviction of Pastor Duong Kim Khai and six other activists were in violation of international law.

  • But the State Department continues to ignore the situation, refusing to include Vietnam as a Country of Particular Concern for religious freedom.

  • Pastor Duong Kim Khai Duong looks forward to the day he meets his Maker but that will be an awful day for the Communist government of Vietnam.

  • And that's just the way it is.