The Suppression of the Unified Buddhist Church

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The Vietnamese government's recent detention of two prominent senior monks is the latest step in its campaign to suppress the Unified Buddhist Church, the main Buddhist organization in south and central Vietnam prior to unification of the country in 1975. With the detention of UBC leaders near the beginning of 1995, nearly all of the church's senior leaders are now in detention or under house arrest. These cases of detention were immediately preceded by the arrests of several others, including the arrest of 5 Buddhists for efforts to organize flood relief charity in the name of the Unified Buddhist Church.

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